Children’s rights to a healthy climate, healthy freshwater and a healthy ocean

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When? 12noon Tuesday 21 June 2022

Where? Register to join this class on Zoom using this link – https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuGpqjMoGN2ZUJhpI4YwjXK7chkC8l_M

This panel aims to explore different ways in which children’s human right to a healthy environment can be protected and exercised in different sites related to climate change, freshwater and the ocean and the need for an integrated approach in this connection. The panel will represent a diversity of experiences and perspectives, from activism to theoretical research, to illuminate barriers and progress in supporting genuine youth engagement in relevant decision-making processes and before courts, and consideration of children’s rights in the context of inter-generational equity.

The key messages from panellists and participants will be fed into:

  • the process of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to develop a General Comment on children’s rights to a healthy environment, with special attention being paid to the impacts of climate change;
  • the consultations on the implementation of the UN joint commitment on ensuring the promotion and recognition of the right of children to a healthy environment, which includes the goal to ensure that children are able to meaningfully participate in climate action and in the review and implementation of UN policies; and
  • the human rights-related events organized during the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture – 2022 by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and others.

Panelists:

Saher Rashid Baig

Focal Point for SDG14 at UNECE RFSD | UN Youth | Stockholm+50 Youth Representative – United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) MGCY | Sustainable Communities Constituency UNMGCY | Contact Point of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Working Group – YOUNGO; Official Children and Youth Constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) | Youth advocate for climate, ocean, gender and human rights | SDG facilitator

Saher Rashid Baig is the Global youth advocate for climate, ocean, gender and human rights following different UN mechanisms for Youth. She is a self-driven youth leader who believes in the youth and is advocating for a transition from meaningful youth engagement to meaningful youth leadership which is inclusive of the vulnerable, marginalized and indigenous communities of young people.

Saher is also the facilitator of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Working Group as well as member of the Global Coordination Team of YOUNGO which is the official Children and Youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Saher`s personal favorite advocacy topic is Right to a Healthy Environment for which she has been advocating for since a very long

She also delivered an intervention at the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of several organizations under the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and had been advocating for the appointment of Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Climate Change.

She was the Youth focal point for SDG14 at the United Nation Economic Commision for Europe Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2022 and a member of the Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force on behalf of the Children and Youth constituency for Sustainable Communities which follows the UN Habitat.

Being from Pakistan Saher is passionate girls and transgender education advocate specially promoting climate literacy in different region languages. She is the co-founder of SocioEco which is an organization working on social, environmental and economic well being special in the context of Youth and young professionals.

Aoife Daly

Aoife is a lecturer at University College Cork, specialising in the international law of children’s rights. In 2018 she published Children, Autonomy and the Courts, highlighting the lack of prioritisation for children’s wishes in court decisions concerning them. She is currently writing a book entitled Youth Climate Activism and International Human Rights Law (Routledge, forthcoming 2023). She studies children’s civil and political rights, particularly the protest rights element of youth climate activism, and how this is changing the arena of human rights. Aoife is at present working with Prof Laura Lundy on a report for the European network of ombudspersons for children on access to justice for children in the climate crisis. Aoife’s research interests cover a broad range of interconnected legal areas.

Dr Angeliki Papantoniou

Dr Angeliki Papantoniou is an environmental and human rights lawyer, with experience both in academia and practice.

Her academic research focuses on environmental law and children’s Rights. Her monograph “Children and the Environment: Concepts of Legal Protection” is forthcoming this year. Her research interests, also, include climate change law, the right to health, indigenous people’s rights, the concept of vulnerability in law and the law of the sea. She is the LL.M. course convenor for Climate Change Law and the International Law of the Sea at Queen Mary University London and has been a practicing lawyer in Greece, member of the Athens Bar Association, in the areas of refugee law, environmental law and human rights law.

Angeliki has collaborated with several organisations and institutions. Among other initiatives, she is currently working with Professor Elisa Morgera on the right to a healthy environment of the child and a healthy marine environment for children, as part the One Ocean Hub and the Scottish Human Rights initiatives.

Finally, Angeliki has a Ph.D. in law (QMUL), an LL.M. in Environmental Law (QMUL), an LL.M. in Public International Law (UCL) and an LL.B. (UCL).

Prof Elisa Morgera

Prof Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow, UK) specializes in international biodiversity law and its linkages with human rights, notably the rights of indigenous peoples and small-scale fishing communities, children’s right to a healthy environment, everyone’s right to health and science, and business responsibility to respect human rights. She is the director of the One Ocean Hub, a global inter-disciplinary research collaboration of research institutions in the UK, Africa, South Pacific and the Caribbean, as well as UN agencies and other international partners. The One Ocean Hub is pioneering research on human rights and the marine environment with a view to better connecting marine and social sciences, and the arts, to support fair and inclusive decision-making for a healthy ocean whereby people and planet flourish. The One Ocean Hub is a partner of the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative.

Dr Alana Malinde S.N. Lancaster

Dr Alana Malinde S.N. Lancaster is a Lecturer in International Environmental & Energy Law and a Member of the Executive Team of the GCRF-funded One Ocean Hub. Most recently, Alana is the Regional Deputy Director of the GNHRE for the Caribbean Region. Additionally she serves on the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Climate Change Law Specialist Group; the EIA and ABMT Working Groups of the CARICOM Advisory Group on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction; the GESAMP Working Group 41 on ‘Ocean Interventions for Climate Change Mitigation’ (formerly the GESAMP Working Group on Marine Geoengineering), and is one of twenty-one members from 11 countries on the Technical Advisory Group to the LAC UNESCO Sites Climate Change, Risk and Resilience Platform.  She also represents The University of the West Indies on the Coordinating Committee and National Working Group for the GEF Islands Child Project 10279 Project, a five-year project which aims to strengthen the mechanisms for the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes in Barbados. Alana specialises in international, regional (CARICOM and OECS) and comparative environmental law, with a particular focus on marine & environmental law, wildlife, fisheries and forestry crime, the law relating to the blue economy and human rights & environmental law. Alana is also researching in the areas of energy law, in particular marine renewables, the just transition, and the circular economy. Alana taught at the University of Guyana before joining the Faculty of Law at The University of the West Indies. In 2017, Alana participated in an academic Staff Mobility under the auspices of the EU-Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Staff under the DREAM Project at the Universidad de Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain where she lectured on the comparative energy law regime of the European Union and that of the Caribbean region.

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