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21st EU-NGO Forum 2019

Human Rights: Building a Fair Environmental Future

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47B, 1000 Brussels

Tuesday 3 December 2019

09.00 -09.30

Opening remarks

Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

09.30 -10.30

PLENARY Session I

Human Rights for good environmental decision making - Insights from the Escazú Agreement and the Aarhus Convention

Moderator: Henriette Geiger, Director DEVCO B – People and Peace, European Commission

Jonas Ebbesson, Chairperson of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, Sweden

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Claudelice Silva dos Santos, Sakharov finalist, Human rights and environmental activist, Brazil

10.30 –11.00

BREAK

11.00 -13.00

Advocacy

Access to information and freedom of expression

Institutional, legal and political challenges in access to information at the national level, identifying key allies and opponents. Case studies dealing with access to information and free prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples, as well as access to information from the perspective of a campaigning CSO and an investigative journalist project.

Moderator Tom Gibson, CPJ

Keynote: Marc Giacomini, DMD Global, EEAS
Keynote: Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau, former Secretary to the Aarhus Convention

Panellists
Joan Carling, Indigenous Peoples Major Group (Philippines/Denmark)
Laurent Richard, Journalist, Green Blood investigation, France
Patricia Gualinga, Indigenous activist from the Ecuadorian Amazon
Laura Bretea, Policy Officer, Freedom of Expression and Media, European Commission
Imelda Abano, Journalist and Founding President Philippine Network of Environmental Journalist (PNEJ)

Justice

Due diligence – Emerging practices and challenges

How much do the EU’s business and human rights agenda, partner country policies and Corporate Social Responsibility contribute to environmental human rights? What is the role of environmental HRDs and consumer rights activists?

Moderator: Debbie Stothard, FIDH

Panellists

Luisa Ragher, EEAS Global 1
Olivier De Schutter, Université Catholique de Louvain
Elard Selestine Mawala, IPIS, Tanzania
Ingrid Thorsnes, Senior Adviser for the Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global
Xavier Sol{/tip}, Director, Counter Balance

Enabling Environment

Risks and solutions to protect and empower environmental HRDs

Identifying key risks faced by environmental HRDs and their coping and survival strategies | reviewing international and regional policy responses and good practices to protect environmental HRDs

Moderator: Chiara Adamo, European Commission

Keynote: Michel Forst: “risks facing environmental HRDs worldwide”

Live testimonies from NGOs

Sharif Jamil, Buriganga Riverkeeper, Bangladesh

Neftali Reyes Menez

Promo Somwong ( Bee)

Protection International Thailand Representative

Presentation of key mechanisms:

Jaime Vidal Melero, Inter-American Commission
Furkat Tishaev, Office of CoE Commission for HR
Heller Waltraud,FRA
Christine Mardirossian, European Commission
Federica Donati, Coordinator of the Equality, Non-Discrimination and Participation Unit, OHCHR

13.00 -14.30

LUNCH

14.30 -17.00

Coffee break included

Open Forum

The first 30 minutes will be used to identify participants’ priorities, followed by a moderated discussion.

YOUTH

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

WOMEN

17.00 - 17:30

Keynote speech

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice President of the Commission, European External Action Service, European External Action Service (EEAS)

17.30 -18.00

‘Starlight Stadium’ Game

18.00 -19.00

Cocktail reception

Wednesday 4 December 2019

08:00 - 09:00

‘Starlight Stadium’ Game

09:00 - 09:30

Opening Remarks

Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission
Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights , Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

09.30 -10.30

PLENARY Session II

Looking into the future: Human Rights and Environment Nexus

Moderator: Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director, European External Action Service
Mr Diwigdi Valiente, Climate Activist, Guna indigenous peoples of Central America, Panama
Drici Tani Younes, Envrionmental Activist, Initiator social media challenge #Trashtag, Algeria
Salla Saastamoinen, Director DG JUST Dir. A Civil and Commercial Justice, European Commission
Video message from David Boyd, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment

10.30 –11.00

BREAK

11.00 -13.00

Regional working groups on human rights and environment

An opportunity for direct exchange between NGOs and relevant personalities, as well as regional networking. Using the ‘speed dating’ approach, the session will address the most pressing challenges identified by the participants in the different regions.

ASIA/PACIFIC (EN)

AFRICA (EN, FR)

NEIGHBOURHOOD EAST & CENTRAL ASIA (EN)

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA, ARAB-PERSIAN GULF (EN, FR)

AMERICAS (EN, ES)

Regional working groups on human rights and environment

An opportunity for direct exchange between NGOs and relevant personalities, as well as regional networking. Using the ‘speed dating’ approach, the session will address the most pressing challenges identified by the participants in the different regions.

ASIA/PACIFIC (EN)

AFRICA (EN, FR)

NEIGHBOURHOOD EAST & CENTRAL ASIA (EN)

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA, ARAB-PERSIAN GULF (EN, FR)

AMERICAS (EN, ES)

13.00 -14.30

LUNCH

14.30 -16.00

Emerging practices of participation and accountability

Brief presentation and discussion of success stories in civil society and indigenous peoples’ participation in consultation and policy debates, and in ensuring accountability of officials and private sector actors.

Moderator: Nadia Costantini, EEAS
Panellists
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Trinh Le Nguyen, PanNature, Vietnam
Leslie Amanzuru, Friends of Zoka, Uganda
Maria Isabel Dajome Banguera, Fenix Recycling Association, Colombia
Marie-Ange Kalenga, Campaigner, FERN

Access to remedies including access to justice

An exchange of views on the options available to environmental HRDs, based on recent case studies of judicial redress, complaints to an ombudsman, corporate internal mechanisms and mediation.

Moderator:Debbie Stothard, FIDH
Panellists
Patrycja Pogodzinska, Project Manager – Legal Research, European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
Miriam Miranda, Indigenous leader, OFRANEH, Honduras
Rizwana Hassan, Director of Bangladesh Environment Lawyers' Association
Maya Barkhudaryan, Analyst, Civil Society Institute, Armenia

Promoting an enabling environment and addressing the shrinking space

Brief presentations of success stories and identification of key factors.

 Keynote: Hannah Neumann, MEP
 Moderator: Chiara Adamo, European Commission
Testimony
Representatives from civil society will present a two minute testimonial on creative new ways of engagement
Hernán Saenz Cortés, Innovative collective protection initiatives OXFAM
Mauricio Angel, Protection International
Rachel Owens, Head of EU Office, Global Witness, Belgium

16.00 -16.30

BREAK

16.30 -17.00

Closing Session
Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General, DG DEVCO, European Commission
Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service