CIDCE accredited for the UNEP with Observer status for UNEA Nairobi

We are delighted to announce that the CIDCE has been accredited with the UNEP and granted Observer status for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and its subsidiary bodies.

News from Sweden!
Dear collegues at CIDCE,

I’m delighted to report to you about interesting steps taken in climate law in Sweden.

The 15th of June the Swedish parliament approved a comprehensive climate policy framework. The reform is a key component of Sweden’s determinations to fulfil the Paris Agreement and an ambitious strategy towards a society free from fossil fuels. Professor Laurance Tubiana, head of European Climate Foundation and former Paris negotiator, visited Stockholm and the parliament in conjunction with the decision and she praised the ambitious targets and the robustness of setting a national climate law, noting that more and more states are doing so. The attached report describes the content and the background of the new Swedish climate policy framework, and shortly reflects on what we can expect from it.

See report HERE

best regards

LL.D Åsa Romson
former Minister of Climate and the Environment in Sweden

Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age

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French President Emmanuel Macron has just launched in Paris a project for the Global Compact for the Environment to be approved by the United Nations as an international treaty. The International Center for Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE), an international NGO with special consultative status to the United Nations, welcomes this initiative.

This project enshrines in an international convention the Human Right to the Environment and the main principles of environmental law as approved at the 1992 Rio conference. It adds the principle of non-regression, which the CIDCE promoted at the Rio +20 Conference in 2012. The Macron Global Compact draft corresponds to the draft of the International Covenant on the Right of Human Beings to the Environment transmitted by CIDCE the Council of Human Rights of the United Nations on 15 February 2017. See the CIDCE’s text below as well as President Macron’s text. We strive together to help advance environmental law !
CIDCE Proposed International Pact on the Human Right to the Environment

événements Partenariat pour les Forêts du Bassin du Congo HERE

#OceanAction19759 The United Nations Ocean Conference, New York, 5-9 June 2017.
IRD Voluntary Statement in collaboration with the CIDCE, SPREP (Intergovernmental organization) Conservation International Pacific Islands programme (NGO) –

The Rights of the Pacific Ocean as a Legal Entity : A science based feasibility study
“At the beginning was the Ocean…” The Pacific Ocean is more than water or food cellar for most Pacific Islanders. It is part of their lives, of their family, of their blood. Land, Sea and Men are a whole. The Ocean has its mana (spiritual authority) and mauri (life force). To recognize the Pacific Ocean as a legal person is in keeping with Pacific Islands cultures. Recognizing rights to Nature as person is not only a legal possibility nowadays but probably the best next step in environmental protection policies. Whanganui, Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, Nature in Ecuador and Bolivia have opened the way to think big in terms of Rights of the Nature. Our commitment is to undertake multi-disciplinary scientific studies to enhance knowledge on the Ocean, to identify possible rights to be recognized to the Ocean on its own, in compliance with existing international law, to improve existing national laws and propose new ones to treat and protect the Ocean as a person, enhance its resilience in the wake of Climate Change, over-exploitation of marine biodiversity and past and future man-made pollutions and give it a legal voice in its own right. The final objective is to draft with participatory methods by 2020 a convention on the Rights of the Pacific Ocean open for signature for all countries. the Secretariat of this Convention would be the parens patriae for the Pacific Ocean, its guardian and its voice in the legal and political arena. We intend to work in a peaceful and constructive approach with national governments, intergovernmental organizations, citizens, private sector stakeholders etc. without any discrimination. If successful this commitment could be replicated for other Oceans and Elements of Nature.

See more HERE

Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age CONGRESS, 14 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2017, UNIVERSITY OF BASEL – organized by the CIDCE, IPPNW, Uranium Network and IALANA:
More information HERE

Environmental Courts & Tribunals A Guide for Policy Makers by George (Rock) Pring & Catherine (Kitty) Pring Global Environmental Outcomes LLC (GEO) and University of Denver Environmental Courts & Tribunals Study For the United Nations Environment Programme. Download it HERE

“Change of mind, change of heart: Philippine President signs Instrument of Accession of the Philippines to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change”

by CIDCE representative for The Philippines, Amado S. Tolentino, Jr. HERE

On May 12, 2017, the Dignity Rights Project at Delaware Law School in Wilmington, Delaware, will host a Workshop for scholars working on dignity rights and for practitioners advancing legal claims based on human dignity.
More information HERE

Written statement* submitted to the United Nations by the Centre international de droit comparé de l’environnement, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status
A/HRC/34/NGO/60 15 February 2017

Proyecto de Pacto internacional relativo al derecho de los seres humanos al ambiente propuesto por el CIDCE Aqui

CIDCE Proposed Draft of the International Covenant on the Human Right to the Environment English HERE

Projet de Pacte international relatif au droit des êtres humains à l’environnement du CIDCE

(en français ICI)

In Memoriam

Wolfgang E. Burhenne

Dear Friends,

On January 6th, after 3 weeks of hospice care with his family at home, Wolfgang Burhenne peacefully died. His daughter is preparing his obituary, and will be in touch about it and about a memorial celebration of his life which she is planning, as Wolfgang’s request, probably for February or March.

We have lost a friend who was a genius in the crafting of international environment law, and as the work he and Francoise did lives on, so in nourishing the systems of legal stewardship of nature, which they created together, we sustain a lifetime of achievement in caring for the Earth. Let us renew our endeavors in companionship with Wolfgang’s aspirations.

In sadness,


Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Resource to share:
CLIMATE CHANGE: A Comparative Overview of the Rights Based Approach in the Americas, by the Organization of American States (OAS), 2016
Available HERE