The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the crucial role of securing land rights and natural resources to eradicate poverty, and to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. Environmental degradation driven by political and economic interests aggravates inequality and impacts on communities, which are denied basic rights and face repression. Indigenous peoples and environmental human rights defenders are at the forefront of defending their territories against projects that exploit natural resources. They are under threat – 207 environmental human rights defenders were killed in 2017. Through stories of ProtectDefenders.eu, participants will debate new strategies to defend and increase solidarity to those risking their lives to protect the planet's most precious heritage.
The guardians of the territory
Strengthening international solidarity and support to indigenous peoples and environmental human rights defenders
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
15:15 to 16:30