A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



Global environmental politics hub > International security, the environment & climate change >

Contents below:

      · About environmental & human rights

         · Resources & information     

           · Periodicals                 

             · Human rights & environment @ UN

               · Institutions

                 · Climate change & human rights

                   · Water & human rights

Also see:

     · Indigenous peoples

       · Land governance, rights & tenure

Minjee Lee of Brandeis University developed this page in 2019.

About environmental & human rights

What are environmental rights? @ UNEP

     · A brief overview of environmental rights as defined and explained by under the UN system

Environment @ Human Rights Watch

Resources & information

Corporate Human Rights Abuses @ Center for Constitutional Rights

Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change @ GNSHRE

     · "resource portal for environmental human rights defenders"

Environmental Rights Database (ERDB)


Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

Human rights & environment at the United Nations

UN Human Rights Council

     · formerly the UN Commission on Human Rights)

    · UN Mandate on Human Rights and the Environment

    · UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

           · A small UN body mandated by the UN Human Rights Council working within the scope of

             human rights and the environment.

UN Environment Programme

     Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC)

          Human Rights & the Environment

UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

     International, Environmental & Human Rights Law

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

          · Human Rights and the Environment

          · Human Rights and Climate Change

          · Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally

          sound management and of hazardous substances and wastes


Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

     Natural Resources

Common Good Foundation

Community Rights Counsel

Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights @ UMASS-Boston


     · "...a Colombia-based research and advocacy organization dedicated to the strengthening of the

     rule of law and the promotion of social justice and human rights in Colombia and the Global

     South. We promote positive social change by producing rigorous studies and fact-based policy

     proposals; carrying out effective advocacy campaigns or litigating in the most impactful forums;

     and designing and delivering education and capacity-building programs."

EarthRights International (ERI)

     · "...a non-governmental, non-profit organization that combines the power of law with the power

       of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” We

       take legal action against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, train activists, and work with

       communities to demand meaningful and lasting change.”

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Environment and Human Rights Advisory (EHRA)

Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC)

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

     · “ELAW is a global alliance of more than 300 advocates in 80 countries working to defend human

       rights and protect the planet."


     • Mission: "to protect vulnerable people and wildlife from organized crime and corruption, while

        revitalizing ecosystems and communities for a more secure world. Our vision is a world free of

        wildlife trafficking and human slavery."

     • Freeland Brasil

Friends of the Earth

     Human rights defenders

Front Line Defenders

     · “ international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim

       of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs).

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)

Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)

     · "We are a global network of thinkers, researchers, policy-makers, opinion-formers and community

       activists whose diversity forges new conversations and relationships. We produce, exchange and

       learn from world-leading scholarship and insights drawn from community-embedded experience

       and praxis at the interface between human rights and the environment all over the world."

Global Witness

     · "...we protect human rights and the environment by fearlessly confronting corruption and challenging the systems that enable it."

Human Rights Watch


Liberty Shared

    Human and Wildlife Trafficking Dashboards

    Palm oil industry

Peace Brigades International (PBI)

Climate change & human rights

Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change

Water & human rights

Geneva Actions on Human Water Security

Human rights @ Safe Drinking Water Foundation

Human rights to Water and Sanitation @ UN Water

Right to Water and Sanitation Toolkit @ UNHCR

Right to Water and Sanitation website

Human rights & environmental rights

FAO Human rights and the environment

The intertwined topics of human rights and environmental rights relate to the conviction that every person, regardless of economic status, has the right      to live in an environment that does not degrade health and livelihoods.