Dear fellow environmental defenders,
Good day! I hope this message finds you well during these trying times.
Amidst the challenges we faced during COVID-19 pandemic, the series of typhoons and
the volcanic eruption in Tonga, we are continuing to face environmentally destructive
projects that contribute to the climate crisis that threatens the lives especially of
vulnerable communities. Mining operations, logging projects and nuclear pollution
persists aggravating existing issues in different parts of the Pacific. In addition, not only
nature is in danger but also its defenders. There have been reports of instances of various
civil political human rights violations that hinder our advocacy of environmental protection.
It is in this light that the Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED) with the
support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office of the High
Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) Pacific Office in cooperation with partner
organizations in the Pacific invites you to the Stand For Our Rights: A capacity building
activity for environmental human rights defenders in the Pacific on 16-18 March 2022.
The three-day activity aims to a sharing of experience and knowledge among
environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) in the Pacific, to share introductory
knowledge on international human rights mechanisms, monitoring and documentation of
human rights violations, free, prior and informed consent, and launching environmental
defenders campaigns and to develop recommendations or initial plans for collaborative
initiatives in the region.
The first day of the training on March 16 will be an online forum that will discuss the main
environmental issues in the Pacific that is open to the public. On March 17-18 will be the
training proper which will also be online is for registered participants only since there are
only limited slots.
Below are the registration links for interested individuals:
Day 1 Online forum (March 16) – Register here
Day 2 Training Proper (March 17) – Register here
Day 3 Training Proper (March 18) – Register here
Attached is the concept note for further details. For questions, you may reach us via
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thank you and we hope for your positive response!
Lia Mai Torres
Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED)