Everyday toxics exhibition and discussion in (Geneva 2018)
CRIN hosted a temporary exhibition and discussion in Geneva to talk about toxics in our everyday lives and what is being done at the international and local level to raise awareness of related issues. The event was hosted at the Bocal Local, an eco-responsible grocery shop in Geneva, while the meetings of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions are taking place in the city from 29 April to 10 May.
Everyday toxics — what can I do? (London, 2018)
In 2018, CRIN organised a public discussion in London on toxic contamination in our everyday lives, and what we can do about it. We partnered with Baskut Tuncak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics, an attorney and chemist specialising in toxic pollution, as the keynote speaker, and hosted the event at The Three Stags.
After nearly a decade working as a research chemist, Tuncak moved to the international legal profession, working with not-for-profit organisations, private foundations, national and regional governments and other public-interest entities. He is the founder of Common Rights Group, a senior researcher at the Raul Wallenberg Institute and lectures at various universities on top of his duties as a Special Rapporteur to the United Nations.
The Three Stags has been a founding member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) since its creation in 2008, and was named one of the top eco-friendly pubs and restaurants in London by Culture Trip. The Three Stags is committed to reducing its environmental impact, supports farmers and fishermen concerned with animal welfare and is home to two active urban beehives. It also exhibits thought-provoking art exhibitions and hosts talks on important social and environmental issues and the measures that everyday citizens can take.
The discussion covered topics ranging from the overuse of fertilisers to the health implications of Brexit for people in the UK. Read a summary of the event here.
For an overview of the topic, you can read CRIN’s briefing on toxics here.
Geneva climate change consultation group (2017 - present)
CRIN joined a group of Geneva-based organisations, the Geneva Climate Change consultation Group, which encourages better networking between NGOs in the fields of human rights and climate change. CRIN is the only children’s rights organisation in the group, and we attend regular meetings to improve our understanding of the issue and to ensure that the children’s rights perspective is included in discussions.
Network development activities (2017 -present)
CRIN has been working closely with environmental human rights organisations Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and EarthJustice to develop our work and network on the violations of children’s rights in relation to the environment and climate change. Both organisations are assisting CRIN in building a network and supporting our developing work in this field, while CRIN has supported them in providing a children’s rights perspective in their work.
CRIN has also been working in close partnership with the UN expert on human rights and toxics, especially for his report on children's rights, attending expert meetings in Geneva with the UN expert on human rights and the environment as well as with the UN expert on the right to food for her report on pesticides.
Other close partnerships in this area have been developed, including with the secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the international instruments covering several key aspects of the sound management of chemicals, as well as local and regional organisations including PAN-UK and EDC-Free Coalition.