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APF course supports NHRIs to engage with regional mechanisms on environmental rights

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The APF has launched a new blended learning course on engaging with inter-governmental mechanisms on the right to a healthy environment.

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The APF has launched its much-awaited blended learning course and communities of practice on engaging with inter-governmental mechanisms (IGMs) on the right to a healthy environment and climate change. 

The course provides NHRIs in South-East Asia and the Pacific with information and practical guidance on how to promote and protect the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

It also supports them to develop the knowledge, understanding and capability to engage with their respective IGMs - the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) - on the right to a healthy environment and climate change.

Strengthening collaboration with inter-governmental mechanisms

The course is part of a broader project, funded by the EU to strengthen relationships between NHRIs and inter-governmental mechanisms to address human rights issues in the Asia Pacific.

Commencing on 14 February, the course will run until 31 May in the APF Community, the APF’s online space for learning, collaboration and resources.  

As part of the course, the APF is facilitating an online community of practice for course participants to connect and network with one another as they apply their learning and collaborate on joint actions beyond the life of the course.

The first community of practice live session, held on 23 February, provided an opportunity for participants to discuss and reflect on their personal connection with the environment.  

Discussions also included the transboundary nature of environmental issues such as pollution and climate change, the impact of these issues on communities and how NHRIs can give voice to these concerns at the regional and international level.

The APF will also convene a small grants program for participating NHRIs to apply their knowledge and understanding, develop a body of evidence for their engagement and joint action with their IGM at the sub-regional dialogues and contribute to good practices. 

Date: 28 February 2022

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