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8th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development - 9 to 11 December 2019, United Nations
One week of High Level Meetings, Crossing the Spheres of the Stakeholders
The halfway point between the PORTO-ALLEGRE FORUM and the DAVOS FORUM ; the platform for the creation and development of projects for peace and SDGs.


8th Annual International Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development - 9 to 11 December 2019, United Nations
Conference organized under the aegis of the United Nations Program for Harmony with Nature
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International Annual Conference on the Rights of Nature
In the frame of the 11th GENEVA FORUM, December 9-13, 2019
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The program

Monday December 9 aftermoon, Tuesday 10 December whole day and Wednesday 11 december morning, 2019

from 09:00 to 18:00

Tuesday evening, de 19:00 à 23:00 : Networking Dinner of Rights of Nature Networks


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Presentations will be held in english and french. Debates and questions will be organized in english and french. Thank you to use the form at the bottom of the page to subscribe including only for audience.
Leading Projects of Education to Science and Citizen Sciences since 1992, and creating 1st Participatory Researches Camps in 2004, the NGO Objective Sciences International have the Special Consultative Status to United Nations. Active in all continents, the NGO organize every year, since 2012, the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature in United Nations, at which one participate all Governments actives in this domain or interested by these works. The objective of this Conference organized into the heart of the United Nations hemicycle is to allow all the actors and operators in these domains to exchange, meet and share directly and at the largest international level.
Interactives Dialogues of the UN and Rights of Nature

The experts who are solicited annually by the Bureau of the United Nations in charge of the initiative Harmony with Nature, exchange already at national and continental levels (Europe, North America...) following diverse groups of themes. This Conference organised in December permit to work on the results of the High Level Interactive Dialogues that was done, and to prepare the objects of thinking for the next Interactive Dialogues. The one who want to exchange and share their ideas, practices and solutions, at worldwide level, meet at the end of the year for the International Annual Conference organized in United Nations.

Protection of Nature / Legal personality of Nature / Living Beings / Sustainable Development

Several public or associative organizations, and citizens, that are active in the domain of Rights of Nature, federated or organized, at the international level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature, at United Nations, in Geneva.

This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.

Your Annual Exchanges Resource

In the following of the national and continental meetings that are organized in each country and continent by the local federation, this International Annual Conference at United Nations allow the actors to implement in consultation, or to inform mutually, of progress and actions they lead during the year, or that they have in project.

The participants at this Conference are:

  • Local and regional actors of different countries
  • Thematic Actors by disciplines
  • Regional or national federations
  • Thematic Federations, by disciplines
  • Large Institutions of Rights of Nature
  • Associations of Defense and Protection of Nature
  • Government departments (Environment, Education, Research, Sustainable Development...) and international associations of Ministries
  • Specialized Journalists (law, science, environment, education, sustainable development ...)
  • UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP ...)

Subjects that are in the agenda of this conference are the axis topics the United Nations Program for Harmony with Nature :

  • Earth-centered Law
  • Ecological Economics
  • Education for a natural behaviour of respect of Nature
  • Holistic Science and Researches
  • Humanities for Rights of Nature
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • The Arts, the Media, Design and Architecture
  • Theology and Spirituality front of Rights of Nature

Detailed Program

Exchanges between stakeholders of the meeting will happen in dynamic pitches followed by sub-groups you can contribute, in round table between speakers and of course debates with the audience of the Assembly.

Organiser : NGO Objective Sciences International, Geneva
Co-Chairpersons :

Here the Programme of the 5 days of GENEVA FORUM of December 2019, where are described the days dedicated to the Conference on Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development Goals.

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Programme of GENEVA FORUM 2019 (Public side)
Monday Morning : UN passes, Networking and first One on One Meetings
Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 : Walk for Nature, at Place des Nations (leaving conference rooms at least at 12:40, Group Photo at 13:00 at Place des Nations)
Monday afternoon : Make nature the Center of People’s Priorities - Networking and first One on One Meetings Parrallel Conference allow you to find concretization formats of your action on a long-term, thanks the Sustainable Tourism (see Program of the week)
Tuesday Morning : Strategies for Defence of Rights of Nature - Round Table, presentations Panel and Legal and Epistemologic Debates
Tuesday Afternoon : Make People Nature’s Helper - Workshop, Panel, Working Sub-Groups and Working Feed-Back
Tuesday Evening : Annual Networking Diner of the Networks of Rights of Nature
Wednesday morning : Annual meetings of Rights of Nature Networks - Continuation of working sub-groups for members of Rights of Nature communities who wants, working rooms at your disposal Parrallel Conference, how to finance your projects (see Program of the week)
Wednesday afternoon : Conference allow you to find concretization formats of your action on a long-term, thanks the Participatory Science (see Program of the week)

Official Opening Session - Tuesday 10 December 09:00

Session organised in partnership with Rights of Mother Earth, the Bureau Harmony With Nature of United Nations and Objectif Sciences International.

  • Keynotes
  • Remarks on current situation
  • Remarks from the side of the Governmental Representations represented

Presentations currently proposed for 2019

Validated Presentations

Official shedule Be aware it exists sessions morning and afternoon
Tuesday 10 Dec Morning - Room VII, Building A Starting at 09:30 am, please be at Pregny Gate of United Nations since 08:00 am
08:30 am - Hosting in the Room
08:50 - Official hosting
09:00 - Introducting key-notes, by Mr Colin ROBERTSON
09:10 am - 6m40sec - Rights of Nature Education: Training the Next Generation of Environmental Professionals REMOTE PRESENTATION
Earth Law Center and partners are working to educate the next generation of environmental professionals on the growing movement to establish legal rights for nature. This work cumulated in a contract with a leading publishing company to publish a law school textbook on the rights of nature and related topics, tentatively titled "Earth Law: A Practitioner’s Guide." The textbook will be taught in a handful of law schools next year, and, so we hope, the majority of law schools and other higher education programs many years down the road. This presentation will speak about how to build a legal movement beginning with students, learning from past legal movements that blossomed through education and student groups.
Mr Grant WILSON , United States, Earth Law Center,
09:20 am - 6m40sec - Precautionary Approach in the Rights of Nature: A Discussion ORAL PRESENTATION
For any rights to be recognized in the legal system they must have access to judicial process.
Any claim for Rights of Nature to be successful must involve four elements: standing, substantive rights, entitlement of those rights and enforcement of those rights.
Legal proceedings are subject to compliance with procedural requirements such as standing, injury or interest and existence of a right. The first part of the judicial process is known as legal standing – that is a right to access to the court. In order to prove that one has standing, the party seeking access to the court must in particular show that the party is injured or is likely to suffer an injury, if court does not intervene. Once a court has accepted the plea for standing of the complainant the next step is to move from procedural step to substantive law.
Complainant seeking court intervention must then prove that there are substantive laws or rights to redress particular injury. Once the law/ rights have been identified then the link between complainant and complainant’s rights to entitlement need to be established. When the court has determined that the complainant is entitled to specific substantive right(s) or its derivatives then court has to identify a process to enforce these rights as remedy.
Precautionary approach exists in many international treaties and conventions, in European law and some national laws either through statutory provisions or case law. This approach appears to be a sound practical process to preserve and protect the Nature. To achieve a better protection of nature referred to here instead of simple regulation or conservation – an approach which has failed – we must adopt precautionary approach or process. However, precautionary approach should not use cost effective measures to reach its objectives.
We shall discuss the necessity of using precautionary approach, minus cost-effective measures, in advancing the Rights of Nature. This approach can be the foundation for the preservation of Nature followed by its protection.

Ms Marion CHOFFEL, president of the I.U.P.P.N, Mr Sudhir CHOPRA, founding member of I.U.P.P.N, I.U.P.P.N., France
09:30 am - 6m40sec - Private Rights of Nature ORAL PRESENTATION
The old civil codes distinguished between the law of persons and the law of things. This demarcation is however under pressure owing to the emerging movement called rights of nature or earth jurisprudence. Around the world, natural entities that long would have been regarded as things – animals, but also rivers, for example, and mountains, forests, even Mother Earth herself – are recognised as persons before the law. This means they are endowed with rights and that they get standing to defend their intrinsic interest before courts.
Legal and theoretical scholarship on this issue is growing, however not yet in the field of (European) private law. At the same time, it is often civil codes that determine which entities have legal personality. Furthermore, rights of nature are likely to affect private property rights and businesses. When nature attains rights, she is likely to invoke them against both public and private legal persons, using strategies similar to those adopted by these more traditional legal persons. Thus, earth jurisprudence not only impacts private legal relationships, it also benefits from insights gained in the field of private law.
This presentation aims to conceptualise private law dimensions of rights of nature. Thus, it does not so much ponder the question, whether animals or natural entities should be recognised as legal persons, but rather takes their legal personality as a starting point for reflection. At the same time, accounts of what such personality would mean in practice might provide relevant insights for those considering to establish more legal personalities for natural entities. As an organising principle, the presentation uses various themes that emerge in civil codes, thus delivering an impression of a hypothetical civil code for nature. Nota Bene: the author will organise a conference on this very theme in the summer of 2020 at the University of Amsterdam.

Ms Laura BURGERS, PhD Candidate, CSECL, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands,
09:40 am - 6m40sec - Proposal for roadmap to implementation of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature ORAL PRESENTATION
The ecological crisis can be seen as the consequences a fundamental imbalance between humans and the living systems upon which we depend. To achieve the transformation of society which is increasingly called for (IPBES 2019, Sachs et al 2019) it is time to reconciliate our relationship with the natural world. A Declaration for the Rights of Nature would balance human needs and interests with the needs and interests of other living beings. Without such a balance, it is very doubtful if the Sustainable Development Goals, which the world has agreed upon, can be achieved. The Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth was drafted in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010. It has since been presented in the General Assembly of the UN and gathered momentum all around the world, recently within the World Council of Churches.
What if the time is now? The year 2020 is for biodiversity what 2015 was for climate change, with a World Conservation Congress within IUCN in Marseille and a COP15 within the Convention for Biodiversity in Beijing, where a post2020 Global Biodiversity agenda will be adopted. Can a process for implementation of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature in 2030 begin next year?

Ms Pella THIEL ,Rights of Nature Sweden , Sweden, ,
09:50 am - 6m40sec - Rights of Nature: Viewpoint of a Glacier ORAL PRESENTATION
What do Rights of Nature mean in practice? You generally look at Nature as an external observer, but supposing you take a moment to reflect on Nature from an internal viewpoint and imagine you are that particular being? How might the world look and feel if you are a fish, bird, animal, algae or bacterium? And if you are a composite being such as a mountain or a river or an ocean? Do you exist? Do you have feelings? Do you see or hear? Do you have imagination or understanding? Can you act or move? Do you care about others? Do you have needs or interests? Can you protect or defend yourself? What is your relationship to other beings, in particular humans? How can you take action in their world of machines? Can you be considered to have personality? Should this be accepted also as conferring legal personality?
In the human world, you defend yourself through legal action: laws, court cases, legal procedures, legal remedies. You have money. You pay persons to represent you, to promote and defend your interests. They work to make laws for you to benefit. They interpret and translate from your language into the languages of law. But to participate you need to exist in law as a subject, a person, an actor, entitled to be heard, to sue … and to be sued. Then you are a legal person. You exist. You have rights. You can defend yourself and seek remedies.
Taking account of these reflections, a brief presentation is proposed which imagines the internal viewpoint of a glacier and asks about its rights. Situated in the French Alps (les Écrins) on the high mountain shoulder of La Meije, the Glacier de la Girose looks out across the surrounding world. A grotto is dug into it each year and a visit to this grotto prompts reflections on what it means to be a glacier in an age of climate heating, caused through human action. How can it defend itself in law against a programmed death? Would it make a difference if the glacier had rights recognised in law? Would it make a difference if it was recognised as a legal person?

Mr Colin ROBERTSON, Luxembourg
09:50 am - 6m40sec - The Mirador Mine - Amazonian Ecocide
We are looking at the potential for the world’s greatest ecological and human disaster - Ecocide of the River Amazon.
The Mirador Mine is Ecuador’s first open-pit mega-mine extracting copper, gold, silver and molybdenum from the Cordillera Del Condor mountains in South Eastern Ecuador. This is one of the most biodiverse areas on our planet.
There is an unacceptable threat coming to the whole Amazonian Ecosystem from the two tailings dams of The Mirador Mine, both of which are susceptible to collapse through seismic activity, foundation collapse, and/or interior erosion and overtopping. These dams will fail. It’s only a matter of time.
The owners of the mine, ECSA, are a Chinese consortium comprising Chinese National Railways and Tongling Construction.
The smaller of the two dams is named the Quimi Dam. It will be 63 meters high and it is being built at an angle known in engineering terms, as critical, in other words on the edge of collapse.
These dams are supposedly built to last in perpetuity. An angle created from 1 meter horizontal to 1 meter vertical is considered critical – in danger of collapse. The Quimi dam is being constructed with these criteria.
The larger of these two dams is the Tundayme Dam. This dam will be 260 meters high. It will be the highest tailings dam in the world. It is being constructed at an angle created by 1.5 meters horizontal to 1 meter vertical. The "normal" practice for a tailings dam is 2 meters horizontal to 1 meter vertical to give more thickness and support for the tailings.
These dams are constructed in an "upstream" method declared illegal in Brazil after two major disasters, Fundao in 2015 and Brunhadino earlier this year.
In upstream construction, the outer wall of the dam is composed of earth and stone. More height is achieved as needed by laying down successive layers on top of the toxic tailings inside the dam.
The Cordillera Del Condor mountains are seismically active, the land is liable to slippage and the mountains experience heavy rains. Engineering criteria indicate an inevitable collapse. It is not a question of "if". It is a question of "when”?
We need to look at the worst-case scenario in which 390 million cubic meters of toxic waste will be released from the Tundayme dam.
The Brumadindo disaster in 2019, killed 300 people and released 12 million cubic meters of tailings.
The Fundao tailings dam breach, (the largest tailings dam breach ever to have occurred in the history of mining), released 34 million tons which travelled 670 km down inland waterways and out into the Atlantic Ocean.
We are looking at the unimaginable scenario of a tidal wave of destruction exploding from a 260-meter high dam, tearing down the River Quimi into the River Zamorra, travelling the full length of the River Santiago in a kind of river super-tasunami, destroying a water retention dam under construction and on into the River Maranon and the River Amazon.
The first surge will travel 1626 kilometres. (empirical equations are taken from Larrauri and Lall, “TAILINGS DAM FAILURES”, 2018). I will have to ask you to read that figure again. One thousand six hundred and twenty-six kilometres. That’s further than New York City to St. Louis, Missouri.
This is the first surge impelled by gravitational force. When we take into account the mixture of tailings with the River Quimi, the River Zamora and the collapse of the water retention dam on the River Santiago we can estimate that a spill of 390 million cubic meters would travel 6,700 kilometres which is greater than the length of the River Amazon.
These dams will inevitably collapse. The mine is in operation producing 10,000 tons of toxic waste daily. In January 2021 more tailings will be produced eventually increasing production to a projected 60,000 tons of toxic tailings per day.
The first step toward stopping this impending disaster is to obtain an injunction to stop production at the mine until independent experts have declared that the dams are built to a standard of safety to reflect the extreme danger that the present inevitable collapse poses to humanity and the environment.

Mr David Frederick DENE, UN Harmony with Nature - expert - Earth Jurisprudence, United Kingdom
Tuesday 10 Dec Afternoon - Room VII, Building A Starting at 02:00 pm
01:30 pm - Hosting in the Room
01:50 pm - Official hosting
02:00 - Introducting key-notes, by Mr Thomas EGLI
02:10 pm - 6m40sec - Cultivation of food crops for the soil erosion prevention, the food Management in agricultural for environmentORAL PRESENTATION
The soil erosion by water and wind has active at present. The loss of topsoil, the organic matter and mineral overs of soil has downwards, both biological and physical-chemical decreased.
The fertile of topsoil has floating by the rain and flood, because there is without plant, tree, weeds or grass-covered, which has absorbed the rainwater. It’s will be borne took clay mud. Sediment into water sources, resulting in a shallow. The water cannot be used in consumer products. There is sloping areas have increasing.
By the way, the treatment to retention and recover the soil erosion in slope area have been performed in several methods. One of the methods is to plant a ground cover by step ladder to prevent the soil erosion for sloping areas.
The ground cover plants such as lemon grass and beans, which have the strong roots for soil adhesion, which can help prevent soil erosion, it also increases the soil abundant. By planting the ground cover plants by horizontal ladder parallel to the slope of the area to prevent soil erosion
Mr. Pathawit CHONGSERMSIRISAKUL, Dr Siripen IAMURAI, Thailand, Panyapiwat Institution of Management,Thailand,
02:20 pm - 6m40sec - Cultivating Nature’s Right to Exist as a dynamic, Living-WholeORAL PRESENTATION
This paper approaches the question of how we cultivate an attitude of attentive listening to a nature as a dynamic, living-whole. It begins by outlining a poem written by Vergil, The Georgics, which teaches Roman society to farm for the equal benefit of its members to cultivate equitable, resilient communities, joined in common labour. I will first introduce how Vergil uses the rhythms, rhymes and figurative language of poetry to teach the listening anticipation necessary for people to nurture the complex emergence and flourishing of life that is paced by multiple natural rhythms. Thereafter, I will offer several examples of how this embodied, listening attention is vital in the present-day bioremediation of watersheds, citing two projects, based in Senegal and Nepal, in which the International Rainwater Harvesting Association is currently engaged. The main contention of this paper is that Nature’s principal right involves being listened to, so biodiversity can flourish.
Ms Rachel NISBET, Marc SYLVESTRE, Switzerland, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance,
02:30 pm - 6m40sec - Rights of Mother Earth ORAL PRESENTATION
We are working on a global signatre campaign, asking the UN to adopt a Universal Declarataion of Rights of Mother Earth to complement the Human Rights Declaration. By doing so the UN would acknowledge Mother Earth and Nature as a living entity, which is the source of all life, rather than being treated as a resource for the economy. As a first step Nature needs to be included in all Natinal legal systems as a rights bearing entity with legal standing in court. You can find the peition here: Please sign it and share it. We will also invite you to join our 2nd rassemblement on the Place des Nations on Wednesday 11 December at 12:30 - 13:00, to remember the 71st anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration. Our gathering is called #EarthToo. Please join us and sign the petition. Thank you

Mrs Doris RAGETTLI, Rights of Mother Earth , Switzerland ,
02:40 pm - 6m40sec - Nature´s Ambassadors Project - The discovery of life in harmony with Nature ORAL PRESENTATION
The project we intend to present covers various disciplines that establish the conversations necessary to demonstrate the interdependence of all who live in the planet and thus constitute it in its universality.
This presentation intends to demonstrate the conclusions of an ecological education project in which is prioritized the integral development of the relations between all the members of the Nature, in harmony. The project has as its objective to rescue the natural perception of life in Harmony with Nature as part of multi-and interdisciplinary studies on life on Earth.
As specifics objectives the project, executed in benefit of young students between 12 and 16 year old, we aim to introduce the concept of the philosophical principle of life in Harmony with Nature into formal education: collaborate in discussions at the United Nations on the recognition of Nature’s Rights; reach out the participants closer to the natural environment; experience the difference between observation and engagement with Nature and collaborate for the adoption of a new perspective in the community relationship.
The greatest expression of this new way of relating is in the midst of the smallest community, as the schools, which offer the basis education the transformation of the society and thus of the State.
For this purpose, artistic and workshops were programmed as activities that will be proposed to the young people chosen by the project. The backbone of practical activities was built on three guiding principles: (1) connection between human being and nature (2) awareness of the natural space to the surroundings, its importance and our responsibility of care (3) the creative (and transformer power of each of us. Through progressive and concatenated workshops, we seek to clearly address absolutely vital issues about the relationship with Nature. We will not teach art, but we will teach by art and mental reconexion practices with Nature, so that reflections transcend the rational record and enter the sensory field, playful and, if possible,the sphere of the sacred.
This proposal takes as its core the theory of autopoietic systems, gravitating around law, quantum physics, theology, philosophy of language, metaphysics and art, in the search for an element so that, being original and common to everyone, could justify the intent to contribute to a paradigm shift in law and society, abandoning the anthropocentric perspective in favor of affirmative polycentric biopolitics for a life in harmony with Nature.
The Project Nature’s Ambassadors aims to comply with these principles and the recommendations by Harmony with Nature Platform Report, published at General Assembly of the United Nations Resolution 71/266 , revisiting and strengthening the bond that each human being maintains with nature.
We also intend to demonstrate that for execution of projects like this, it is essential the promulgation of relevant public policies that foment and promote the execution of this kind of projects and activities villages and cities, could be a healthy-living sustainable environment in harmony with Nature.

Ms Vanessa HASSON, MAPAS, Brazil,
02:50 pm - 6m40sec - Towards achieving Existential and Functional Hq ORAL PRESENTATION
In this presentation, inter alia,it is my endeavor to show that both the two contemporary approaches of the relationship between the Man and the Nature namely "anthropogenic" and "non-anthropogenic" approaches are erroneous in as much as both are based on dualism ie. that the Man and the Nature are different ; they, however, in that the former gives the Man superiority over Nature while the latter gives Nature superiority over the Man. Both are wrong if one were to take into account the Rig Vedic Philosophy dating back to 5000 BCE , or even more, which hold that the Man and the Nature are One and the Same ; one is only a microcosm of the latter. Both are made up of the same constituents and also function in the same fashion.
The presentation therefore deals with, amongst others, the following three aspects :
firstly, to realize and accept ‘Oneness’ between the Man and the Nature ;
secondly, and more importantly, to realize and accept that only harmony ‘within’ us can pave way for harmony with the Nature and, therefore, to gear up to achieve harmony within us and then to achieve Existential and Functional Harmony with the Nature ;
and lastly, but most significantly, to exhort us to apply all correctives- whether social and/or societal, national and/or international, whether punitive and/or coercive by sanction of law- uninhibitedly and unhesitatingly, even if harsh and tough, towards this end. And, accordingly, causing Pollution and Environmental Degradation be declared the most heinous “Crime against Humanity” and its Violators be punished firmly and sternly, both in the municipal law and International.

Mr Manoj GOEL, IUPP (International Union for protection and preservation) , India ,
03:00 pm - 6m40sec - Rights of Lake Vättern
Rights of Nature Sweden is currently involved in working with local communities around the second largest lake in Sweden, lake Vättern (the sixth largest lake in Europe) in order to explore how a cultural shift could look like when an ecosystem is a subject of law. Our work contains of connecting and networking with local actors, offering them workshops and lectures on the topic of rights of nature and how to relate that to lake Vättern. We base our work on the Lake Vättern Bill of Rights and are working on to create a coalition of different stakeholders to unite behind it.
The Lake Vättern Bill of Rights was a cooperation between the network Swedish Earth Right Lawyers and Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. It was then used as a basis of a tribunal during the Earth Rights Conference in Sigtuna, Sweden hosted together with Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Ms Arci PASANEN ,Rights of Nature Sweden ,Sweden,
03:10 pm - 6m40sec - ODD n° 16 "Accès à la Justice": le Programme "Harmony with Nature", Droits des Semences et Droits des Paysans ORAL PRESENTATION
When considering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, it would seem that peasants are not human beings as violations of their rights are so numerous. They have been impoverished, despised, destroyed. Their well-being is closely linked to that of soil and seeds. Yet they have been deprived of the seeds they have been developing for 12,000 years: the majority (75%) of these seeds have vanished and have often been banned by law. Peasants have also been deprived of their land. They can no longer live in harmony with Nature.
Most people have no idea that there is such a UN programme as Harmony with Nature that is making significant progress to reimagine words and establish new rights in its effort to make it possible for human beings to live in harmony with Nature.
Rights of peasants, Rights of seeds, Rights of Nature and "Harmony with Nature" are intimately linked. How are such themes relevant to SDG 16, on access to justice?
Much remains to be done to comply with SDG 16 as far as peasants are concerned:
Target 1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates
Food violence rarely comes to mind, and yet the phenomenon is ubiquitous and devastating:
food contamination in wealthy countries (see the Report for the European Parliament, DEMENEIX et SLAMA, 2019)
food shortages in poor countries, with multiple causes and consequences attached to them.
Children are in the front line of food violence (Target 2)
Peasants have only too often been unfairly deprived of their seeds and of the related benefits due to them. They have been deprived of their land (spoliation, contamination), and the opinion of rural populations is by and large ignored when it comes to decision making. Those who strive to uphold peasants’ rights are often under attack and sometimes murdered (noncompliance with Targets 3 to 7)
The Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations 2019 on the "Harmony with Nature" Programme concludes:
129. Over the last decade, Earth jurisprudence can be seen as the fastest growing legal movement of the twenty-first century. The most significant consequence of acknowledging human interconnectedness and inextricability from the rest of the world has been casting the non-human world as a legal subject, […].
The presentation will open a new vista on agriculture, in the context of Human Rights and Nature Rights, referring to the recent UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, and building upon two previous projects, the second of which, on Rights of Seeds, is a particular case of the first, on Rights of Nature.

Mr. Michèle PERRIN-TAILLAT, France
03:20 pm - 6m40sec -Indigenous Natural Sites in Sub-Saharan Africa as Juristic Persons: Implications for the Preservation of NatureORAL PRESENTATION
Responses to environmental problems in Sub-Saharan Africa are encouraging and commendable. However, the state of the environment continues to deteriorate and the environmental challenges are escalating. The upshot of this is a sub-continent on the brink of ecological disaster. A deepening environmental crisis brings to the fore the perennial existential question of how we should live. This question requires deeper exploration into what contemporary society values, including the origins of such values and what (new) values we might wish to promote. It is in this context that this paper will explore the potentials of promoting the personhood of Nature in the subcontinent through African beliefs that promote deep ecology and its promotion of the preservation of Nature. The legal regime of juristic personhood may be an effective tactic for safeguarding enspirited sacred natural sites, because it conceptually resonates with the animistic world-view and relational ontologies of many Indigenous peoples – ontologies that combine a holistic approach to nature with a deep respect for it. Further study (and litigation) is required for such an approach to become widely recognised, but it could become an effective tool for conservation of nature within community-conserved areas and protected areas. It is against this background that this paper will examine recent legal cases elsewhere as a pretext for granting juristic personhood to enspirited sacred natural sites in Sub-saharan Africa. This paper will further recommend how various advocacy groups (local, regional and international) can be raised to help indigenous peoples in Sub-Saharan Africa secure their natural sites to ensure that they are preserved to the end of contributing to sustainable development on the sub-continent.

Ms Ngozi UNUIGBE, Nigeria, University of Benin,
03:30 pm - 6m40sec - Meetings of Excellence : an OSI programORAL PRESENTATION
Le programme Rencontres de l’Excellence existe depuis 2009. Cette année a vu l’organisation de 2 séjours d’été ; l’un dans les Pyrénées ariégeoises en France et l’autre à Londres, en anglais. Les 2 thèmes étaient bien sûr différents ; l’ours, son écosystème dans les Pyrénées et à Londres, le thème des mégapoles et des écosystèmes bien sûr les deux thèmes au regard des Droits de la Nature. L’expérience menée à démontré que les jeunes participants en moyenne âgés de 16 ans comprennent maintenant en quelques minutes les principes des Droits de la Nature qui étaient encore il y a 5 ans inconnus de cette génération. L’étude des écosystèmes apparaît comme un excellent moyen de donner des outils à cette génération qui défile pour changer le climat mais qui est assez démunie de concepts de compréhension des phénomènes de ce type. Bien sûr, interviews d’experts partenaires et compréhension des positions divergentes sur la présence de l’ours dans les Pyrénées et micro-trottoir de Londoniens ont été réalisés.
Mrs Michèle EGLI-WACHS, Objectif Sciences International , France, http://www.rencontres-excellence
03:40 pm - 6m40sec - les DAUPHINS de RANGIROA Présentation / Evolution ORAL PRESENTATION
Groupe d’étude des Dauphins de Rangiroa / Archipel des Tuamotu / Polynésie Française
retours d’expériences et informations sur l’évolution du projet et de la situation sur place.
Axes de développement possibles par rapport à la notion de tourisme durable.

Mrs Estelle GAUDIN, SAUVEGRAIN Denis, France,
The denudation of trees POSTER PRESENTATION
Soon, nature took on an essential dimension and became a question of power. Awareness of the importance of forests and the tree.

Mr Dario MARCELLUS, Tribunal de Première Instance, haiti,

Other potential presentations

03:10 pm - 6m40sec - Toward collective seeds : participatory plant breeding approaches ORAL PRESENTATION
If the food of tomorrow is not completely disconnected from agriculture, our bread, pasta, tomatoes, cucumbers and other salads will continue to come from seeds. But which ones? Patented seeds, certified seeds, farm seeds, peasant seeds, participatory seeds? The stakes around seeds, the first link in the food chain, are far too important to be left to a handful of multinationals. It is therefore every citizen who is called upon to mobilize in participatory approaches not only tothink but to act in the seed sector, in their ecologically sustainable grow, in economically viable artisanal processing and in the local spread of healthy, loyal and meaningful foods.

Ms Dominique DESCLAUX, INRA , France,

Presentations done in 2018

Validated Presentations

Tuesday Morning

09:00 Opening keynotes remarks
09:30 Pitch session, Speakers of Group 1, followed by Speakers of Group 2
10:30 Panel with audience and speakers
11:30 Debriefing of the morning session
12:30 End of the morning session

Tuesday Afternoon

14:00 Opening keynotes remarks
14:15 Pitch session, Speakers of Group 3, followed by Speakers of Group 4, then Group 5
15:30 Sub-Groups Workshop World Cafe style, with subgroups 1 to 5
16:30 Feedback from subgroups works
17:00 Closing keynotes remarks

Group 1 A lack in environmental protection mechanims and a need to introducing new paradigms for efficient results in the field. The stakeholders of this group will speak about the environmental issue from diverse perspectives, suggesting that new notions should be addressed if we want to gain more efficiency in the field. This discussion will answer the question of one of the stakeholders who will highlight the lack of today’s efficient mechanims addressing environmental issues.
Microcosme & macrocosme : le lien entre nature et humanité
Les raisonnements humains les plus élaborés ne peuvent aboutir à une espérance fondée et stable sur la Terre. Nous faisons face à des théories en oubliant notre conscience. Devant tant de décisions et d’événements catastrophiques, peut-on espérer des jours meilleurs dans ce monde troublé et inquiet ? D’où pourrait venir quelque remède pour rendre l’humanité plus pacifique sur une Terre finie ? L’idée organique de la tri-articulation de notre corps social pourrait être une part de notre Salut en Terre !
Mr. Christian DEGIORGI, Switzerland , UNESU,
Bison Person: How the Rights of Nature could help Indigenous Peoples in Canada Adapt to Climate Change REMOTE PRESENTATION
Legal standing for nature has been a successful tool in protecting natural resources such as water, which therefore could be a legal instrument in meeting climate change goals, but what about animals? The arguments for personhood when it comes to animals have largely concentrated on habeas corpus and proof of sentience. But what about the role animals play in biodiversity and in mitigating and adapting to climate change? Could meeting climate change goals under the Paris Agreement (mitigation and adaptation) be helped by extending legal rights to cultural (indigenous) and ecological keystone species such as Bison in Canada? More broadly speaking, many Indigenous cultures view nature (including animals) as extensions of themselves - interconnected beings in the web of life. This presentation will illustrate how stakeholders can honouring indigenous rights and commitments made to international treaties including the Paris Agreement, through the extension of personhood to nature using a hypothetical example of Bison person.
Ms. Laura LYNES, The Rockies Institute, Canada,
Group 2 Overview on a 2018 devasting climate change and on the need for a recognition of binding legal instruments to the obtention of concrete environmental advancements. This discussion gathers stakeholders who speak about the need for a legal recognition of the notions of ecocide and of rights of nature, as efficient legal tools, and answer to one stakeholder’s assessment about the 2018 devasting climate change showing a lack of efficiency in today’s mechanims.
Launching the Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy (GENIE) REMOTE PRESENTATION
We are excited to announce the launch of the Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy (GENIE): The background and mission for this group can be found in a specially prepared document, which is also intended as an invitation for people to become involved: In brief, we are seeking to implement representation for non-human nature in various political and administrative processes (principally, via the appointment of human proxies), in order to promote ecojustice – that is, justice for non-human nature, concurrent with social justice for humans – and to halt ecocide.
Mr. Joe GRAY, Helen KOPNINA, Haydn WASHINGTON, United Kingdom, Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy (GENIE),
Rights of Nature and Earth Laws in Australia REMOTE PRESENTATION
In Australia, there is an emerging movement of local communities developing strategies for advocating for Rights of Nature and Community Rights. In this presentation, an overview will be given about the challenges and progress being made to develop new conversations, draft laws and advocacy for the Rights of Nature in a country as legally complex as Australia. The Australian continent is home to the oldest culture on Earth - the First Nations Peoples of Australia have been governing Australia for 60,000 years prior to European colonisation in 1788. Today, advocates for the Rights of Nature must work to ensure that the cultural world views and existing laws of indigenous people are able to be the foundation of future advocacy for the living world, while at the same time working to challenge the narrow constraints of the colonial legal system. The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a not-for-profit whose mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law and governance in Australia. This presentation will provide an introduction to the exciting work being carried out to promote Earth centred law, economics, ethics and culture in Australia.
Ms. Michelle MALONEY, Australia , Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA),
Climate risks : ecosystems loss and natural disasters
Climate change already causes widespread disasters. Heavy rains and floods seem to increase fastest, 10 capital cities, 1/4 capitals of European countries have been flooded in 2018. This represents a 5 fold increase in floods in Europe since 2001. In Italy dozens of cities experienced floods this year. The last years also brought exceptional heatwaves and death of a large part of the Australian great Barrier reef and of low latitude fin fishes. Next years could bring an acceleration of global warming, ie consequences of 1,5°C warming could occur in the next years. These consequences include risk of flood for > 70% of european, risk for food crops, increasing hurricanes. Wavy jet-stream brings heavy rain and snow on temperate regions, several regions are touched by more hurricanes, deltas and mangroves are threatened by sea-level rise. A significant part of ecosystems is at risk very soon, and loss of these ecosystems would increase the risks for human life on Earth.
Ms. Dorota RETELSKA, Association Climat Genève, Switzerland,
Rights of Nature in Europe: challenging the perception of rights
My proposal is aimed at analyzing to what extent the recognition of the rights of nature is possible in the European regional context, considering the experience of the Latin American region. This contribution will explore the opportunities and limits within the EU and the Council of Europe.
Ms. Susana BORRAS, Spain, Cedat,
From Natural Rights to Nature’s Rights in the Age of Sustainable Development
Some time back I spoke in Budapest on Nature’s Rights as to how they can be derived from the natural rights.
It is indeed ironic that we live in a world that talks of anthropocentric rights, yet fails to admit that rights of humans are linked to the rights of nature. Without nature there will be no human, humans are part of nature and dependent on nature. Nature is not dependent on humans.
The UN system has given us the concept of ’Sustainable Development’, without clearly specifying sustainability of what, for how long, for which economic system. Similarly, development of what HDI, GDP and for whom, humans only? Or humans and other living species? Or a combined non-anthropocentric approach covering all living and non living things on this interdependent planet? I will like to make an attempt to clarify this quandary by expending on the concept of sustainable development and connecting it with why the Rights of Nature have to be advanced and recognised in this great balancing act that international organisations have invited themselves into.
Dr. Sudhir Chopra, J.D., Ph.D., FRGS, Cambridge Central Asia Forum.
Mr. Sudhir CHOPRA, founding member of the International Organization for the Protection and Preservation of nature (under registration)
Leadership for the Ecozoic Program: Law and Governance for a flourishing Earth REMOTE PRESENTATION
Law and governance regimes are failing to adequately respond to global socio-ecological challenges including climate change, biodiversity collapse and increasing environmental and ecological degradation and pollution. Law and governance regimes are anthropocentric, do not embed the human within earth systems and fail to recognize that ecological limits have primacy over social and economic systems. The Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) program is a transformative ecological and social justice initiative initially based at McGill University and the University of Vermont. L4E aims to address the underlying paradigms and narratives that have led us into the Anthropocene within the higher education sector and move towards a system with mutually enhancing human earth relationships, the Ecozoic. This presentation provides background to the L4E project and mission and examines the research that is being conducted within the normative discipline of law and governance concerning ecological law.
Key-words: Earth Systems, Ecozoic, Law and Governance, Ecological Law, Higher Education.
Ms. Emille BOULOT & Mr. Ivan VARGAS RONCANCIO , Leadership for the Ecozoic, McGill University, Canada
Court Cases to Defend Rights of Nature: Can One Make Models?
Rights of Nature are best brought about by people acting spontaneously in their everyday activities. For this there is a need for education and training to encourage good practices. However, experience shows that there is also a need for legal action. That implies developing a clear underlying philosophy and in particular a moral philosophy that underpins law and legal action, dedicated towards living in harmony with nature and applying rights for nature. This philosophy places the Earth, as Planet Earth or Mother Earth, at the centre within a context in which all elements of Nature, the Earth Community, are stakeholders and subjects of law as legal persons and holders of rights.
How does one develop an Earth Law philosophy and apply it? One approach is through literature and academic writings, with an example of Cullinan: Wild Law. Another method is through legislative texts, with examples of the Ecuador Constitution of 2008, the Bolivian Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra (Law of the Rights of Mother Earth) of 2010, and the New Zealand Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017.
A third approach is through litigation, raising court actions to promote and defend elements of the Earth Community. There are examples of this with respect to rivers such as Vilcabamba, Ganges, Yamuna, Atrato, Amazon. This approach is available to local communities and civil society to take into their own hands.
However, what is involved in bringing a court case to defend elements of nature, such as rivers? What do such cases look like? How does one bring them? Is it possible to develop models for future cases? How do such cases help to develop creating a moral philosophy for Earth Law and rights of nature? These questions are among those that will be the subject of reflection in the context of making Rights of nature a reality.
Mr. Colin D. ROBERTSON, Luxembourg
Rights of Mother Earth and Nature ORAL PRESENTATION
Rights of Mother Earth ORAL PRESENTATION
We are working on a global signatre campaign, asking the UN to adopt a Universal Declarataion of Rights of Mother Earth to complement the Human Rights Declaration. By doing so the UN would acknowledge Mother Earth and Nature as a living entity, which is the source of all life, rather than being treated as a resource for the economy. As a first step Nature needs to be included in all Natinal legal systems as a rights bearing entity with legal standing in court. You can find the peition here: Please sign it and share it. We will also invite you to join our 2nd rassemblement on the Place des Nations on Wednesday 11 December at 12:30 - 13:00, to remember the 71st anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration. Our gathering is called #EarthToo. Please join us and sign the petition. Thank you

Ms Doris RAGETTLI , Rights of Mother Earth, Switzerland,
Group 3 Nature as a vector of human and social evolution. This group shares in common ideas and projects showing how nature is itself a mean of human and social evolution.
L’éducation prénatale, facteur de paix
L’OMAEP, Organisation Mondiale des Associations pour l’Education Prénatale, affirme dans l’intervention du 11 décembre faite au GENEVA FORUM 2018 au Palais des Nations unis, que lorsqu’une femme est enceinte, sa responsabilité en tant que future mère ne s’arrête pas aux limites de l’hygiène physiologique (ne pas fumer, manger sainement, se reposer, etc.), mais se prolonge dans la qualité de son vécu psychologique. La loi d’Enregistrement, bien illustrée par les découvertes du chercheur japonais Masaru Emoto, nous démontre la propriété qu’à l’eau d’enregistrer toutes les influences de l’environnement. Comme le corps humain est composé de plus de 70% d’eau et l’ovule humain fertilisé à 90%, nous comprenons bien comment l’enregistrement peut se produire à travers le sang de la mère et le liquide amniotique dans lequel vit le fœtus pendant la période prénatale.
D’où l’importance d’une éducation prénatale qui prépare les futurs parents pour connaître la structure physique, psychique et spirituelle de l’être humain, ainsi que les lois naturelles universelles, d’après lesquelles la nature fonctionne. Cela les prépare aussi à bien gérer toutes les étapes du processus prénatal: préparation avant l’acte de conception, gestion des conditions favorables pour la conception et la période de grossesse, ainsi que l’accueil de l’enfant à la naissance, afin de lui offrir une base saine pour un bon départ dans la vie.
Mr. Gheorghe ANTON, Switzerland, OMAEP,
The Discipline of Architecture and the Rights of Nature
While harmony with nature is an ancient principle and while earth jurisprudence as a legal philosophy is gaining global traction, the inclusion of the discipline of architecture in such discussions is both new and significant. In this presentation, I report on the nascent dialogue on the rights of nature in the discipline of architecture and on existing theoretical frameworks in architecture that have the potential to be a bridge to more rigorous application of the rights of nature in the practice of architecture. I report on the role of critical spatial practice as a vehicle for advancing thought in this field and on case studies in critical spatial practice that are relevant to the application of principles in the harmony with nature for the design of the environment in architectural practice. This presentation builds on my work as a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program and head of the School of Architecture and Environment at the University of Oregon, USA.
Ms. Erin MOORE, United States , School of Architecture and Environment, University of Oregon,
Group 4 Presentation of sustainable projects repsecting harmony of nature. The stakeholders of this group share either projects or experiences both having in common to respect harmony of nature
The Global Conservation Corps empowers South African communities and children to conserve wildlife. Our vision is to save endangered African species through educating and involving local communities in effective conservation programs. Our current initiatives include :
1. The Future Rangers Program
2. RHINO MAN the Movie
3. The Zululand Rhino Orphanage

WIMUN Brazil 2018 - Harmony with Nature
Since 2017, Faculdades de Campinas (FACAMP), in association with the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), co-hosts the WFUNA International Model United Nations Brazil (WIMUN Brazil): WIMUN is the world’s most accurate simulation of the United Nations. In WIMUN Brazil 2018, one of the committees simulated was the UNGA Second Committee, with the topic Harmony with Nature. During 5 days, students from different countries debated issues such as Earth Jurisprudence, the new production and consumer patterns under Harmony with Nature, and the importance of traditional knowledge about Nature. As a result, students presented a sample resolution with their commitments to the topic Harmony with Nature. Other than that, in partnership with the Harmony with Nature Initiative from UNDESA, FACAMP has also engaged in academic researches, encouraging students to deepen their knowledge on the topic of Harmony with Nature.
Mr. Heitor DARROS, MIYIA Amanda, FACAMP, Brazil,
Group 5 Presentation of participative projects in respect of nature
A l’affût de la Biodiversité, pour préparer le retour du Loup en Suisse
Savez-vous que les Alpes voient actuellement le retour de deux grands prédateurs : le loup et le lynx, espèces que l’on qualifie de « clé de voûte » pour qualifier l’importance de leur rôle dans les écosystèmes. Mais pas seulement dans les Alpes !

Leur retour va sûrement s’accompagner de grands changements dans les populations de leurs proies (cerfs, chevreuils, chamois...) ainsi que dans la gestion des troupeaux en alpages. Mais que savons-nous réellement des conséquences sur la biodiversité de nos montagnes de tous ces phénomènes ? Le retour des grands prédateurs est-il un bienfait pour la biodiversité comme l’assurent leurs défenseurs ? Ou va-t-il au contraire s’accompagner d’une disparition de certains milieux et de certaines espèces comme le prétendent les opposants au retour du Loup ?

C’est pour tenter de répondre à ces questions que des enfants et des adolescents se sont mis « à l’affût de la biodiversité » afin de suivre au fil des années la biodiversité des montagnes du Val d’Anniviers, et essayer d’analyser son évolution.
Nous scruterons donc la nature sous tous ses aspects et étudierons plantes, insectes, oiseaux et grands mammifères mais aussi serpents, batraciens, araignées et autres fougères !
Les Participants des séjours de Sciences Participatives OSI BIODIVERSITA, Suisse,
Rencontres de l’Excellence pour avancer sur les Droits des Insectes
Rencontres de l’Excellence 2018 - Alpes Suisse à Saint Luc. Le thème ’insectes, écosystèmes et Droits de la Nature’ = base pour s’exercer à l’acquisition de compétences de leadership, d’organisation de projet, de prise de parole en public, de capacités d’écoute et de vérification des informations.11 participants de 14 à 17 ans (+une adulte de 22 ans)répartis en trois périodes. 4 1re semaine, 5 sur deux semaines et 2 sur la 2e semaine.
Exploré le thème focus sur l’impact humain sur les écosystèmes et dans une première présentation fait l’inventaire de leurs recherches sur le thème et la 2e semaine forts des interviews menées auprès de spécialistes des Droits la Nature, mise en scène d’un Tribunal international pour les crimes d’Ecocide en 2068 : poursuite de l’humanité sur 4 chefs d’accusation sur plainte de Mère Nature. Participation active à la vie quotidienne et aux activités non scientifiques, capacité à organiser une veillée collective pour l’ensemble des 50 participants...

Les Participants des séjours de Sciences Participatives OSI EXCELLENCE, Suisse,
Au Fil de l’Arbre, au service d’une meilleure compréhension des écosystèmes
The PERCEPTION research program will present a research project that aims to better understand the relationships between all living things in an ecosystem in order to propose innovative ecological solutions. We will talk about the forest ecosystem in the face of so-called harmful species.

Les Participants des séjours de Sciences Participatives OSI PERCEPTION, France,
Parc du Yellowstone, tous les jours à protéger la Nature
The Yellowstone National Park is a fascinating destination, both from a geological point of view (super-volcano, geysers) and for wildlife (bears, wolves, bison, etc.) and flora. The Rangers’ goal is to protect this rich ecosystem. The participants went to meet these keepers in order to learn how to conciliate the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.
Les Participants des séjours de Sciences Participatives OSI MINEO, USA,
Key Notes from The Bureau of Harmony With Nature of the United Nations
with us from 16:30 to 17:00 during the feed-back session of subgroups, and 6 minutes keynotes remarks
Maria Mercedes Sanchez, and
Strategies for Defense of Rights of Nature
Nature has inherent rights. For six years I have been an International Activist working with strategies to protect those inherent rights.
In this presentation I will speak of two cases, both heard by The International Tribunal for The Rights of Nature, and I will speak of the strategies that we have used.
The first case is the Mirador Mine, the first open pit copper and gold mine to be exploited in Ecuador. The Mirador Mine is located in the Cordillera Del Condor, South Eastern Ecuador, a "hot spot" of bio-diversity.
The greatest threat posed by the Mirador Mine is the 99% certainty of the failure of the Tailings Dam, at present under construction. In 2007 danger from dam collapse was declared VERY HIGH in relation to environmental and socio-economic consequences.
In 2016 Dr Emerman of E-Tech International reported on the alternative sites for the Tailings Dam declaring that the proposed alternatives would lead to a "practically inevitable" collapse, 99% certain, and the consequential contamination of the Rio Zamorra, flowing into the Rio Santiago, which flows into The Rio Amazon.
Secondly I will talk of the Ecocide of El Rio De Aguas, the last Oasis in Western Europe.
El Rio De Aguas is the last oasis in Western Europe, located in the semi-arid lands of South Eastern Spain. Industrial agriculture is draining the aquifer. Ecocide is apparent in it’s reality. Endemic species, flora and fauna, and human society are under threat. I will describe how LAW is helping us in our struggle for survival.

Mr. David DENE, David Dene Rights For Nature, Spain,http://
The existing two approaches between Man and Nature: First, the Man-centric (anthropo-centric) and second, Nature-centric (non-anthropo-centric) are based on erroneous assumption that Man and Nature are two different and distinct entities ; and, further, that there is a hierarchy of rights between them; and while the former gives precedence to Man, the latter to Nature.
However, both are equally wrong since the two are not distinct but there is absolute "oneness" between Man and Nature both structurally and functionally.
Structurally, both consist of the same five Primal Elements, namely Sky (or Ether), Air, Water, Fire & Earth. Absence of even one of them will make both perish.
Functionally, the two consist of three primordial Characteristics namely ’Tamoguna’, ’Rajoguna’’ and ’Satoguna’ i.e. ’Inaction’, ’Selfish action’ and ’Selfless action’ respectively.
Thus Man is micro version of Nature. To begin with, there has been complete harmony between the two but it got disturbed due to too many ’Selfish actions’ of the Mankind ; too much of possessive and acquisitive nature and actions.
That has to be checked by balancing the aforementioned three forms of "actions" emanating from the three "Characteristics"; shunning ’selfish actions’.
This balancing - the Harmony - only emanates from "Sahajta" - the simplicity, straight-forwardness and truthfulness, which, in turn, arises from "oneness" between what we think, we say and we do.
It is this Harmony within us- the human beings- which essentially and instantaneously ensures Harmony between the Man and the Nature.
Only Harmony ’within’ us establishes Harmony ’without’ ; any other approach would be intrinsically incapable of achieving Harmony between us and Nature and would be no better than shadow-boxing.
Mr. Manoj GOEL, India, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi

Presentations curently in Validation process

Rule of law established based on the principles of equality, democracy, human rights, justice and gender equity
I am working at Center For Development Program (CDP-Bangladesh) as a Coordinator, Media and International Advocacy Program of Gender and Social Justice Unit.
Human Rights cannot be established automatically. We need conscious, sensitized and organized society who will protest human rights violation if occurs in their area or will be alert keeping in mind that violators are roaming around them or will work for protection and promotion of human right and peace and my believe is like that. From the very young age I rear this desire but for a long time did not get proper chance to fulfil my dream.
As a human rights workers I think Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right and is central to the functioning of the international refugee protection regime. The very ability to seek asylum depends on the ability to move in search of rights that have been denied in the Country of origin. In a broader scene, it is now increasingly recognised that human mobility provides an important means for people to improve their Stand and of living and to their Countries of origin and Destination. Despite a growing recognition of this, however, the international Community has been slow to incorporate mobility into. Its responses to forced migration. Solutions to displacement have focused or containing or reversing the lost rights which prompted flight in the first place.
By the Rules of the modern world, States bear the responsibility to treat all in their territory, including displaced people, according to established rights. Even though States often ignore these rights and their own responsibilities under international human rights Law, these rights and responsibilities still exist. It is not so clear, however, whether human rights obligations are binding or non-state actors such as armed groups even in case where these actors exercise significant center of over territory and population. It is clear, however, the Additional Protocol II to the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids the displacement of the civilian population for reasons related to the conflict unless the security of the civilians involved or imperative military reasons them and it.
Experience over many years’ shows that conflict and disasters often drive large-scale sudden displacements of rural populations to cities and towns. This trend has increased considerably in recent years: more and more refugees and internally displaced people migrate to cities and towns during and after conflict seeking protection or to reduce their visibility.
My inner self always pushed me to a thought that to live with dignity and to live in a peace is essential for human being. When I was a student of Law, I came to know that Law is the strongest weapon to protect human dignity and work as a safeguard if any one tries to break the peace. My whole concentration was to file cases and to ensure justice to my clients, when I started practice. But some how I felt that this is not the only or most effective way of ensuring human rights & dignity and even though I win the case in favor of my client it will not give the assurance of peace. At this time also I am also engaged in cultural activities and through that activities I also got the same feeling that without the respect of others rights and dignity peace is not possible.
From the very young age, I was involved in cultural activities and the focus is to establish human dignity and peace. When I was a student of Law, I came to know that Law is the strongest weapon to ensure human dignity. My whole concentration is to file cases and to give justice to my clients, when I started practice. But some how I felt that this is not the only way of ensuring human rights & dignity and through this peaceful manner is more or less absent. And also there was a big gap of understanding the real situation of the human rights. Mere filing of cases for the clients is not enough and I concentrated my work to the community to feel the real situation of peace, activism and human rights. To ensure gender equality, equity and human rights, women’s participation in the decision-making process, lawful mediation and access to justice in the community in a peaceful manner, I am deeply involved in this. My future plan is to develop my skill and knowledge in the arena of peace and human rights, which will help me to reach my dream.
I am working in an organization since last 8 years, whose work is focussed to establish rule of law based on principles of democracy, human rights, justice and gender equity. For achieving this, my work is to facilitate community activism for Gender and Social justice and Human Rights which ensure relationship between peace and the activism for democracy and human rights. My work is to organize community people who can identify their problem and rights, find out their ways to promote and protect human rights, to take action against human rights violation. The way of ensuring this the strategy is to go through a peaceful manner. The entire work of the community people is a voluntary work and I am watching a gradual positive change in the community in their action and attitude in promoting and protecting human rights. To enhance my knowledge on peace building procedure as well as the link up between peace, activism and human rights and to contribute in the community to establish human rights in a peaceful manner rather than a confrontational ways, I am applying for this Forum.
Mr. Md. Hadis UDDIN, Bangladesh, Center For Development Program (CDP-Bangladesh)
Strategies for Defense of Rights of Nature
Nature has inherent rights. For six years I have been an International Activist working with strategies to protect those inherent rights.
In this presentation I will speak of two cases, both heard by The International Tribunal for The Rights of Nature, and I will speak of the strategies that we have used.
The first case is the Mirador Mine, the first open pit copper and gold mine to be exploited in Ecuador. The Mirador Mine is located in the Cordillera Del Condor, South Eastern Ecuador, a "hot spot" of bio-diversity.
The greatest threat posed by the Mirador Mine is the 99% certainty of the failure of the Tailings Dam, at present under construction. In 2007 danger from dam collapse was declared VERY HIGH in relation to environmental and socio-economic consequences.
In 2016 Dr Emerman of E-Tech International reported on the alternative sites for the Tailings Dam declaring that the proposed alternatives would lead to a "practically inevitable" collapse, 99% certain, and the consequential contamination of the Rio Zamorra, flowing into the Rio Santiago, which flows into The Rio Amazon.
Secondly I will talk of the Ecocide of El Rio De Aguas, the last Oasis in Western Europe.
El Rio De Aguas is the last oasis in Western Europe, located in the semi-arid lands of South Eastern Spain. Industrial agriculture is draining the aquifer. Ecocide is apparent in it’s reality. Endemic species, flora and fauna, and human society are under threat. I will describe how LAW is helping us in our struggle for survival.
David Dene
Earth jurisprudence Expert UN Harmony with Nature
President - Assoc Ecocidio El Rio Aguas
Co-founder - Protect Ecuador

Mr. David DENE, David Dene Rights For Nature, Spain, http://

Other potential presentations

Allowing room for the Other, other people, other Species
Allowing room for others is essential for the reverence and respect necessary to form and foster relationships. Relationships are the key to both sanity and happiness. A community of relationships binds us together with one another. It is no less true for our relationships with the rest of nature than it is for our relationships with other human beings.

Mr Steve Szeghi, Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio, Participant on the United Nations Commission Harmony with Nature in discipline Ecological Economics,

How anthropogenic barriers along national borders harm the rest of life
There are several prominent examples around the globe of proposed or actual large-scale barriers that have been put in place to control human movement across national borders. These can be detrimental to the rest of life, by cutting natural territories and limiting migration, for instance. Alternatives to such borders include peace parks, but further solutions are required if we are to reverse the detrimental effect on the rest of life that such barriers can have.

Mr Joe Gray,, UK

Rights of Nature for Peace: Environmental Education and SDGs
Capitalizing on the emergent debate of the Rights of Nature for Peace, this paper provides an overview of the co-evolutionary processes that life has developed over billions of years on our planet. The main intention is to identify their operational principles and strategies in order to learn how to co-evolve in harmony with our environment. Humans have much to learn from Mother Earth to build sustainable futures. The philosophical considerations from nature show us that those co-evolutionary operational principles of ecosystem cooperation must be bio-mimetically copied, emulated, and improved to reduce ecological footprint. Environmental Education is the proper field to raise SDGs awareness in formal and non formal education. In conclusion, biomimetic emerges as a sustainable worldview that uses nature as teacher to face the complex challenges of the Anthropocene.

Mr Javier COLLADO RUANO, National University of Education, Ecuador,

Tribunal International Monsanto
L’avis consultatif rendu par le Tribunal International Monsanto, tribunal d’opinion institué par la société civile, le 18 avril 2017 mérite une attention toute particulière au regard plus spécifiquement de la progression du concept d’écocide. Porté par End Ecocide on Earth, mouvement citoyen, membre du comité d’organisation, il a été demandé aux juges de vérifier, si d’une manière ou d’une autre les activités de Monsanto portent atteinte aux droits humains et à la dignité des générations futures. Les juges estiment que le temps est venu de consacrer l’écocide et de réaffirmer la primauté des droits humains sur le droit des investissements. Cette décision est incontestablement hors cadre, audacieuse tout aussi atypique que nécessaire pour protéger durablement les droits de la Nature et de l’Humanité.

Ms GAILLARD Emilie, France, End Ecocide on Earth - Tribunal International Monsanto

Integrating Rights of Nature with Agricultural Development
The most important problem for the future of humans, other than the control of their populations, is how are they to be fed without threatening more and more of the natural world and species diversity? For the passed 40 years we have been developing agricultural techniques modelled on how ecological systems work, and run experimental farms to test the results. The whole farm becomes a nature reserve, it is a self sustaining highly diversified system where the net biological production is increased and the intrinsic value of the living and non living world a central concern.

Mrs Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington, Centre d’eco-etho recherche et education, France/UK,

Maria Mercedes Sanchez, and

Advancing Holistic and Ocean Rights-Based Governance
The ocean covers over seventy percent of our planet, generates over fifty percent of the oxygen, regulates climate and provides food and jobs for millions of people. It is truly the source of life. Despite international laws and agreements designed to sustain and protect the ocean, ocean health is in decline. This is because current ocean law and policy largely adopts a human-centered worldview rather than an Earth-centered worldview. We treat the ocean as an infinite “resource,” with value derived from human use and utility, when in fact, it is a finite entity with its own limits and intrinsic worth.

Earth Law Center (ELC) is promoting a new paradigm for ocean governance- one that focuses on the Ocean’s own well-being and is guided by principles of sustainability, ecosystem health, precaution and interconnectedness. In line with SDG 14; we must aim to not only establish protection for marine ecosystems and species, but to ensure these areas are fully protected and effectively managed. This can only be done through the adoption of holistic and rights-based law and policy.

Topics of discussion:

- ELC’s Rights of the Ocean Initiative, launched at the UN Ocean Conference with over 60 signatories from 32 countries (

- An overview of current Ocean Law and Policy

- Why a holistic and rights-based approach is necessary to ensure a healthy and thriving ocean and society

- What would a holistic and rights-based approach look like in practice? (Focusing on Marine Protected Areas and Marine Mammal Sanctuaries) What are the necessary legal components? How can we integrate Earth Law into Ocean Law?

Mrs Michelle BENDER, Earth Law Center, United States,

How to initiate a World Right Referendum in order to recognize fundamental rights for non-human beings
As an introduction: presentation of the progress since the international conference ’Who has Right to the World?’ (organized by Védegylet in 2012 in Budapest) and since the OSI Geneva conference in 2013.
The concept and the new strategy of a World Right Referendum in order to recognize fundamental rights for non-human beings - not waiting any more for any future administrative solution by others but assuming our own responsibility. So this very first global referendum would propose an effective recognition of fundamental rights for Nature by the signature of the declaration, which could be signed progressively without any time limit or marketing goal (such as gathering one million signature, etc.) Indivuals could sign as well as organizations, local, regional or national governments, churches or even companies. This initiates a brand new method after the general strategy prevailing till now: green movements trying to put pressure by popular petitions on governments and international organizations which has never lead to any significant global change. This World Right Referendum shows that the real change strats by assuming our own responsibity by recognizing fundamental rights for Nature. Without this change in our own

Gabor KARDOS, Védegylet - Protect the Future, www.vé

VOICE OF THE EARTH PROPOSAL of a joint Indigenous-Western presentation
We are concerned that we have little time left to turn climate change and destructive corporate practices around, and we believe that we need to address the root of our problems: our thinking. As Glenn A. Parry wrote: “We need to reclaim a wider and wiser consciousness that is increasingly whole and interconnected.”
The question we are often asked is, does it matter in today’s times that Indigenous peoples have lived sustainably for millennia, that they have treated the Earth with profound respect and acted as Her custodians? The answer is ‘Yes’. We know that the world’s natural ecosystem has declined by 52% since 1970.
According to the UN, Indigenous territories are estimated to cover approximately 20% of the Earth’ landmass. What is astonishing is that this 20% landmass stewarded by indigenous peoples contains 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity.
Indigenous peoples demonstrate how to live in accordance with Earth Law.
INTERWOVEN PRESENTATIONS – Indigenous and Western joined together
Calixto and Eva will both speak from their backgrounds, Indigenous and Western, and will conclude together in the final piece.
Calixto will speak about how the Mamos, the spiritual and secular leaders of the peoples of the Sierra, understand Earth Law.
“The wisdom of Arhuaco people is not just of one person, we are a unity of ancestral culture. For that the Mamos don’t manifest themselves as wise men, healers or curanderos. We are harmonizers and guidance counselors, fundamental principles of any culture of our planet.
What we are seeing how we are impoverishing the planet and those who live there in our way of thinking is nothing in nature is considered evil, everything is good. What is causing all of this is becoming wicked, are human’s laws. The humans have changed another direction having strayed from their path and are accelerating their self-destruction.
The natural law is simple: humility to take from nature, to maintain
balance spiritually and physically.
For us, the Arhuaco, the humility is a sign of wisdom. That’s what we want to pass to future generations. The Mamos invite you to rediscover our ancestors, our roots and taking care of these roots, of the knowledge of the Mamos. In this way, we could arrive into the deepest aspects of this knowledge and transmit it to someone else. In the holy and snowy lands of Santa Marta, there is valuable Knowledge to share on philosophy, medicine, and the interpretation of the phenomena that occur in and around us.”
Eva will speak about the merging of Indigenous knowledge with innovation and sustainability.

  • What is the relevance to today’s business?
  • why and how with practical examples and case studies from around the world:
  • Case studies: integrated renewable energy in Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous Rights Risk in investing – the business case for the establishment of a positive and negative investment risk filter in SRI investments;
  • Indigenous biomimicry – the joining of Biomimetic innovation with traditional knowledge
    Both presenters will join in the conclusion.
    Earth Jurisprudence - giving the living systems legal rights
  • Relevance to business incorporating traditional knowledge
  • why and how - practical examples and case studies from around the world.
    This presentation will be co-presented between two directors of 1Earth Institute Inc. We are an Indigenous-Western partnership operating globally. We have offices the US and Australia. We merge Indigenous knowledge with sustainability and innovation to integrate solutions from a shared knowledge base for a common and mutual benefit.
    The presentation will be shared by two people who bring in the bookends of the Indigenous-Western spectrum:
  • Eva Willmann de Donlea – Executive Director
  • Calixto Suarez Villafane – Director, Arhuaco Elder from Colombia. Calixto acts as emissary of the Mamos Majores (Chief Elders).
La justice climatique comme moyen de protection de la biodiversité et de la nature à l’échelle globale
Mankind is facing a major limit with the phenomenon of climate change that is causing an inestimable loss of biodiversity.
At the same time that experts are pointing to emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), developing countries are legitimately seeking to expand, unfortunately with high potential for GHG emissions. While they have certainly not contributed significantly to reaching this limit, the continuation of their activities via the model that led to global warming would be fatal for the planet, and the premises are already visible on nature.
How in this situation maintain economic performance without accentuating GHGs ? We think, and show it through this presentation that a true climate justice literally deviating from the strategic calculations that the nations doing for them, and not for the planet where they live, would be one of the best solutions and a good start.
Mr. Mahamadou BALDE, Senegal, Vivafrik,
Evaluation of education as a tool of instilling natural behaviour of respect of nature in mankind as well as creating an ecological culture in mankind through childhood days to older generations. The process of educating should emphasize the coexistence of mankind with nature and this should run from pre-schoolers to families, Government, Industry and all mankind at all levels. Stakeholders are obliged to inspire striving for a mentally sustainable world and respect and care for non- human world. This paper is about passing on environmental ethics not just to pre-schoolers but to all levels of mankind in society and also taking actions for justice for nature. I write as an expert and also a global citizen.

La garantie des droits de la nature
Lorsque que l’on observe son environnement, il constaterait que la nature est de plus en plus menacée. Ceci, malgré les différentes conférences qu’ont été tenues dans le cadre de la préservation de l’environnement et en dépit des mesures qu’ont été prises par les États relatives à sa protection. La nature se dégrade de jour en jour par la production du gaz à effet de serre et tout autre composant chimique qui se dégage lors de l’exploitation de la nature. Compte tenu des efforts consentis par la société internationale, dans le cadre de la protection des des droits de la nature, il se pose cependant une éminente question de savoir quels moyens faut-il employés pour garantir effectivement et efficacement les droits de la nature ?
Natural Environment as a Spiritual Resource: A Theory of Regional Variation in Religious Adherence, Case Study Ghana
A region’s natural environment has profound social effects for an area. Previous work has connected the environment to tourism, migration rates, community attachment, and economic outcomes. In this article, we explore how nature may impact the religious structuring of a region. Specifically, we investigate if beautiful landscapes and good weather—what scholars call “natural amenities”—could be spiritual resources used by the population to connect with the sacred. We hypothesize that the environment, as a spiritual resource, would compete with more traditional religious organizations. Thus, we expect that regions with higher levels of natural amenities would experience lower rates of religious adherence. To test our hypothesis, we use spatial econometric modeling techniques to analyze data from the Religious Congregations and Membership Study, Agriculture Ministry, Ghana Business Patterns, and the Census. Results show that regions with higher levels of natural amenities have lower rates of adherence to traditional religious organizations.
Move to provide country specific global, Universal Basic Income, UBI
Two motivations govern endeavors of human Organic Natural Intelligence (ONI) in nature; 1. Kin altruism (what is good for my family) and 2. Reciprocal altruism (what is good for my business?).
Outliers ( The Buddha, Jesus the Preacher, Prophet Mohamed- PBUH, Mahatma Gandhi, The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ), raised the vision of broader forms of altruism, with little success. Humans are not faulted.
Nature through Strong Artificial Intelligence (SAI) in inorganic matter, (discount self-centeredness), fosters the broader opportunities, this conference tries to address. UBI forms the foundation for active ONI participation.
Mr. Radh ACHUTHAN, United States, Radh ACHUTHAN,
The Importance of the Humanities for an Holistic Approach to the Rights of Nature
While sharing the concerns of the environmental movement over the fate of the planet, a parallel world view draws attention to the urgent need to take seriously—in any discussion on environmental issues—‘nature’ itself, including its physical and meta-physical dimensions. Vital to proponents of nature are those unseen and immaterial life forces that have brought humankind and the visible world into existence, and generally overlooked in the politics of the environment. Prescriptions generated by the sciences alone may therefore be insufficient to meet the challenges of preserving the planet and satisfying demand for ‘happy life styles’.
Shedding the lights of philosophy, history, the arts and religion on the decision-making process has potential to enrich the political discourse by taking into account the transcendent values of nature as stimulants to creative intuition, ideas and principles which science cannot corroborate nor produce, but which would appear to be vital to the long-term success of environmental policies. This approach to education is intended to engage both head and the heart in the mission “to save our planetary home.”
Ms. Barbara BAUDOT, United States, Triglav Circle,
Returning Earth to Mankind and Mankind to Earth
To face and to disrupt the systems that drive the overwhelming pressures on the global environment, on the quality of life and the state of the world, communication, advocacy, public policies, research and teaching programmes should pay attention to the “general phenomenon”, to the paradigms of growth, power, wealth, work and freedom embedded into the cultural, social, political and economical institutions, that perpetuate taken for granted worldviews, values and perceptions that affect the forms of being in the world.
To change perspectives, develop boundary-crossing skills, cope with complexity and expertise in a critical and creative way, to counteract the asymmetries of knowledge and power and the lack of pluralism in decision-making, to increase informational transparency and social space for civic engagement, the methodology in the socio-cultural learning niches is experiential and reflexive, “reality” is revealed in a specific space-time horizon of understanding, feeling and action: subject-object relationships are unveiled and shared (intimate dimension), dialogue is elicited (interactive dimension), different forms of being-in-the-world are scrutinized and discussed (social and biophysical dimensions).
Instead of surrendering to specialisation and fragmentation, priority is given to a set of values, norms and policies grounded in the different dimensions of being in the world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical), as they combine to elicit the events, suffer the consequences and organise for change; it deals with a larger conceptual, ontological and epistemological framework encompassing the isomorphy and transfers of concepts, laws and models, integrating different areas: political, economic, social, educational, scientific, etc.
In this sense, the ecosystemic approach for evaluation and planning: 1) defines the problems in the core of the “boiling pot” in view of a holistic, ecosystemic framework, instead of reducing them to the bubbles of the surface (effects, fragmented, taken for granted issues); 2) combines the four dimensions of being in the world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical) in the diagnosis and prognosis of the events, assessing their deficits and assets, as donors and recipients; 3) promotes the singularity of (identity, proper characteristics) and the reciprocity (mutual support) between all dimensions, in view of their complementarity and dynamic equilibrium; 4) prepares the transition to an ecosystemic model of culture to deal with the problems of difficult settlement or solution in the world, a condition for consistency, effectiveness and endurance.

Mr. André Francisco PILON, International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology , Brazil,

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