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13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: "Human Rights and the Environment"

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21 - 23 October 2013 Ratna Mathai Luke Political and Economic Department Informal ASEM Seminar On Human Rights Governance & Human Rights
Sustainable Development & Environment


Venue:
Copenhagen, Denmark

The 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights took place on 21-23 October 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the topic “Human Rights and the Environment”.  With over 135 International representatives participating, the Seminar linked human rights issues to the environment and climate change debate for the first time within the ASEM framework, with the intention of promoting inter-regional dialogue and cooperation on strengthening human rights in relation to environment protection.

Discussions took place in four closed-door Working Groups, each focusing on one of four topic areas:

WG1 – The Interaction between Sustainable Development, Environment and Human Rights

WG2 – Access to Information, Participatory Rights and Access to Justice

WG3 – Actors, Institutions and Governance

WG4 – Climate Change and Human Rights Implications

For a more detailed overview please see the seminar Concept Note.

This seminar series was co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF); the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (delegated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs); the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and; the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. ASEF has been the seminar secretariat since 2000.

 

The 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

Given the nature of the Seminar, participants were invited individually by the co-organisers; there was no open call for participation.

For more information about the seminar series, please see the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights.

Partners

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Danish Institute for Human Rights
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • Recognising the outcomes of the 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: Human Rights and the Environment, which identified the growing need to better involve non-state actors in sustainable development, human rights and environment protection, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) together with ECOSPHERE is organising a panel discussion on “The Role of Businesses in Protecting Environment and Human Rights” on Wednesday, 9 July 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

    This will provide a platform for discussion on Asian and European experiences involving the private sector in human rights and environment protection. The discussions will provide insights on how inter-regional co-operation can strengthen business engagement on such issues.

    Panellists will address questions relating to the current challenges faced by companies in protecting the environment and human rights, and how to overcome such challenges. Intellectual exchanges will centre around measures to improve the co-operation between governments and the corporate sector. This will enable better human rights and environmental protection frameworks and help increase the private sector’s support to the post-2015 development agenda. 

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  • This publication provides a detailed account of the seminar proceedings of the 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: Human Rights and the Environment held on 21-23 October 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The book covers the key concepts discussed regarding inter-connections between sustainable development, human rights and environmental protection, in the face of increasing environmental degradation and climate change. The outcomes that emerged through the working group discussions during the seminar are also shared in the publication. The discussion topics included: access to information, participatory rights and access to justice; actors, institutions and governance; and climate change and human rights implications.

    The aim of the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights series is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Asia and Europe in the area of political dialogue, particularly on human rights issues. The 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. It was hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

  • Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights

    Published on 01 Nov 2013

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) together with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs organised the ‘13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: Human Rights and the Environment’ on 21-23 October 2013, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    The Seminar was hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Institute for Human Rights and focused on the interaction between human rights and the environment, sustainable development and climate change. Representatives from civil society organisations and official representatives from ASEM member countries participated in the 3-day meeting.

    Professor John KNOX, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, and Dr Poul ENGBERG--PEDERSEN, Managing Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) were among the keynote speakers at the event. Ms Ida AUKEN, the Danish Minister of Environment was the chief guest of the seminar.

    The background paper for the seminar is available here, while the seminar report will be launched in early 2014.

  • Human Rights and the Environment

    Published on 01 Oct 2013

    The 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights will link human rights concerns to the environment and climate change debate within the ASEM framework. The Seminar, ‘Human Rights and the Environment’, will take place on 21-23 October in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    The event will be an opportunity to develop recommendations for Asian and European policy makers to protect and strengthen human rights in relation to environment protection. The working group discussions of this 120 person seminar will focus on issues including: The Interaction between Sustainable Development, Environment and Human Rights; Access to Information, Participatory Rights and Access to Justice; Actors, Institutions and Governance; and Climate Change and Human Rights Implications.

    The seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (delegated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights is hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.