NHRIs COP26 Symposium – The role of National Human Rights Institutions in bridging the accountability gap in the climate emergency

3-4-5 November 2021, 13:00 – 16:30 (CET)    I    Online event

Register here – Deadline 03/11 at 19:00 CET

The NHRI symposium will be held on the side-lines of COP26 and is co-organised by the Stirling University and the Global Alliance National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) in collaboration with the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC)The UN Environmental Program (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) are also partners and co-sponsors of this event. 

The overall aim of this symposium is to provide a greater understanding of the climate regime to facilitate NHRI work to promote and support human rights within climate policy and climate accountability. NHRIs will be able to support those affected by the impacts of climate change and response measures. NHRIs will be able to develop strategies to engage with the climate regime, including awareness of obligations and solutions as well as share best practices in the sessions. 

In particular, the event will focus on three pillars to build NHRI capacity to meaningfully engage with the UN climate regime: 

  • Develop NHRI understanding of the climate regime; 
  • Understand the COP negotiation process;  and  
  • focus on accountability  particularly on judicial remedies and policy impact.  

The event will also be the occasion for NHRIs to discuss and consult on the monitoring and reporting tool on climate change and human rights, which is currently developed by GANHRI.  

Target audience: NHRIs representatives members of GANHRI and ENNHRI, in particular of the Caucus and the core group on climate change.  

The meeting will follow a highly interactive format that will allow and encourage contributions from all participants. Following the first day in plenary, participants will join break-out group sessions during day 2 and 3, where they will be encouraged to share their experiences and good practices. Interactive tools such as whiteboard, chats and polls will be used during all sessions to provide more opportunities for exchange among participants.

An event report and webcast will be housed on GANHRI website and made available to a global audience for knowledge transfer and capacity building.  

The event will benefit from simultaneous interpretation.

Detailed agenda




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