In its March session, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on human rights and the environment, and has decided to appoint an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. (19th Session, A/HRC/19/L.8/Rev.1, 20 March 2012). The resolution can be accessed via the link below:
Professor Lorraine Code, author of Ecological Thinking: The Politics of Epistemic Location will be speaking at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, in New Zealand, in March. These events are co-hosted by the GNHRE and the Faculty. There are two events: A symposium: ‘Ecological Epistemologies: Moving Beyond the Monocultural Imaginary’ and a public lecture: ‘Care, Concern and Advocacy: Is There a Place for Epistemic Responsibility?’.
A message from the Chair of the Executive Board
Preserving a Rich Legacy
A new ICHRP web archive will ensure that the fruits of 35 major multi-disciplinary research initiatives, including all reports, summaries, translations and nearly 200 working papers, covering a wide range of policy issues, will continue to be freely accessible for the benefit of researchers, policy makers, human rights practitioners and others.
In addition, a publicly accessible archive of all materials pertaining to ICHRP’s history and founding, operations over the years, drafts, research materials and communications will soon be available at the library of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
Despite the financial challenges, the last 12 months or so have been a very dynamic period during which the Secretariat under the leadership of Vijay Nagaraj led the way in finalising a new strategic plan, initiating new research, completing and publishing older projects, and engaging in a series of outreach initiatives, including through a greatly enhanced web and electronic communications strategy. Indeed, the Secretariat has just published two new important reports, one on redefining approaches to evaluating human rights work and another on sexuality and sexual health in the European region.
We are very thankful to all of you who made the work of the ICHRP possible: present and former members of the Council and Board; advocates, scholars and other experts who participated in our work; our partners and donors; and most of all the wider community of human rights activists. We express our special thanks to former and current staff at the Secretariat, which was always the engine room of the organisation.
Professor Brad Morse, a GNHRE member, and Dean of Te Piringa Faculty of Law, Waikato University, New Zealand, discusses water rights and management issues in an interview on New Zealand’s ‘One News’. The interview was inspired by indigenous Maori claims over water rights and governance.
The interview can be accessed here.
GNHRE partner, CLIMsystems has been recognised by the Climate Change Business Journal as a leading innovator of climate change risk and adaptation assessment tools and associated services. CLIMsystems has sold and applied its industry leading SimCLIM software system across a range of geographies and sectors. It clients include major consulting companies such as CH2M HILL and government agencies in countries such as Vietnam. International Financial Institutions like the Asian Development Bank are drawing on expertise at CLIMsystems for the creation of a leading edge software tool called GENIES (Global Environment and National Information Evaluation System) for climate change risk assessments and cost-benefit studies of adaptation options. The full report can be read here.