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NYC Pre-Parliament Event to Observe World Environment Day

May 26, 2023

On Tuesday, June 6th join the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Center for Earth Ethics, the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, the Episcopal Church, and the NGO Committee on Human Rights for a pre-Parliament event in observance of World Environment Day.

The Right to a Healthy Environment was approved overwhelmingly as a basic human right by the UN General Assembly in July 2023, the first recognition of a new basic human right since The Right to Water and Sanitation in 2010. This was a historic step forward for human rights and the protection of the environment, and faith-based organizations played a significant role in the campaign for this recognition. The Right to a Healthy Environment is included in the constitutions of over 100 countries but is far from realization. What role can the world’s religious communities play going forward to fully manifest the right to a healthy environment–in the urgent “triple crisis” of the climate emergency, pollution, and loss of biodiversity? The recognition of a new basic human right is especially notable as this year, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The observance features the participation of:

  • Daniel Magraw, President Emeritus, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care at The Episcopal Church
  • Geoffrey Roth (Lakota), Member 2023-2025 of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • David Hales, Chair of Climate Action and Trustee, Parliament of the World’s Religions, President Emeritus, College of the Atlantic
  • The Ven. Doyeon Park, Co-Chair, Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, President, Buddhist Council of New York, Representative of Won Buddhism to the United Nations
  • And a Visioning Roundtable of Faith-based Organizations

Join us in person at the Episcopal Church Center (815 Second Avenue, New York City) or online via Zoom from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

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