The IUCN WCEL International Environmental Law Conference took place in Oslo from October 3rd to October 6th, 2022.
The conference was on “The Transformative Power of Law: addressing Global Environmental Challenges”. It gathered academics, researchers, policymakers, legal practitioners, members of the judiciary, and relevant stakeholders of all sectors of society – the UN and other international organizations, NGOs, trade and energy sectors – who offered critical presentations on the role of law in transforming society to address critical environmental challenges.
The Global Pact Coalition Executive Director, Victoria Lichet participated (online) in session 31 titled “Transformation through linking human rights and environment” on Thursday, October 6th.
The session was chaired by Professor Emilie Gaillard and gathered relevant stakeholders such as Emeka Amechi (Nigeria), Alexandre Penalver i Cabré (Spain), Alessandra Tekch, Mario Aguilera (Ecuador), Sebastien Jodoin (Canada) and Victoria Lichet.
Victoria’s focus was on “A convention on the right to a healthy environment to enshrine the third generation of human rights: the environmental rights”.
She discussed the possibility of the UNGA resolution recognizing the right to a healthy environment to become the foundation for a more comprehensive international instrument on the right to a healthy environment and other environmental rights. She emphasized our need for international law to better protect the planet, and more specifically for a Convention on the right to a healthy environment to enshrine a third generation of human rights, after our civil and political rights, and our economic and social rights.