Environmental Justice & Business and Human Rights
Climate change and the degradation of the environment by industries endanger millions of people and their livelihoods and hinder the realization of their rights to life, health, food, water, culture, housing, adequate life, a healthy environment and others. With their proximity to the most vulnerable and at-risk populations around the world, Dominicans are very aware of the immense threat climate change and environmental destruction are posing to people's lives.
Using the rich body of knowledge and experiences of the Dominican Family in this area, the Delegation articulates its international advocacy through various activities at the UN in Geneva, at the UNEP in Nairobi and in the annual UN Conference on Climate Change (COP).
The main objectives of the actions of the Delegation in this field are to:
- hold corporate actors accountable for their environmental destruction and violations of human rights;
- put pressure on governments at the national and international levels to integrate social safeguards into their climate actions to prevent undue harm to people and;
- bring a spiritual perspective into the discussions around the care for the environment.
To know more about some of the statements of the Delegation in this area: click here
To know more about the Delegation’s participation at the COP25, have a look here
Have a look at the Delegation’s urgent appeal (in Spanish) on human rights violations committed by the sugar company Central Romana in Dominican Republic
Top photo: Artisan mines in Watsa, DR Congo ©
Side photo: Children in a peace demonstration in Pakistan ©