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    Environmental Rule of Law

    At the 1st IUCN World Environmental Law Congress: the “IUCN World Declaration on the Environmental Rule of Law” was adopted, outlining 13 principles to serve as the foundation for developing and implementing solutions for ecologically sustainable development.

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    Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

    The GJIE is intended as a forum to unify the ongoing efforts of various national and international organizations already preparing, training, and enhancing the capacity of judges on environmental issues. 

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    Global Pact for the Environment

    A new initiative to prepare, introduce, and eventually adopt the “Global Pact for the Environment”, chaired by the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, in close cooperation with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and with operational support from the Environment Commission of the Club des Juristes.

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    8th World Water Forum Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice

    The Conference of Judges and Prosecutors on Water Justice convened over 140 distinguished participants from 60 countries to engage in high-level discussions on the management, use, and protection of freshwater resources. Participating judges approved the "Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice" as a set of ten principles for guiding the legal community worldwide to protect water and water-related ecosystems.

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  • IUCN Indigenous Peoples Member Organisation representative Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos delivered the following statement to the UNPFII IUCN Indigenous Peoples Member Organisation representative Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos delivered IUCN's statement to the Seventeenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, April 2018. Photo: IUCN/Lorena Aguilar

    An indigenous-led strategy for conservation in IUCN

    22.04.2018

    IUCN Indigenous Peoples Member Organisation representative Yeshing Juliana Upún Yos delivered the following statement to the Seventeenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City last week.

  • Constitutional Court of Colombia The Constitutional Court of Colombia (Corte Constitucional de Colombia) in Bogotá Photo: Wikipedia

    Colombian Supreme Court Recognizes Rights of the Amazon River Ecosystem

    20.04.2018

    The Supreme Court of Colombia (Corte Suprema de Justicia, Sala de Casación Civil) has issued a decision recognizing the Amazon River ecosystem as a subject of rights and beneficiary of protection.

  • IPBES-6 Participants at the IPBES-6 Opening Ceremony Photo: Photo: IISD/ENB | Diego Noguera

    IPBES-6 Outcomes Include Approval of Five Landmark Assessment Reports

    10.04.2018

    Announced as a milestone meeting, five Assessment Reports on the state of knowledge about biodiversity, ecosystems, and nature’s contributions to society were approved during the 6th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and...

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