Protecting Civic Space for Climate Activists

Key Findings and Recommendations From the UNSR Report on Civic Space and Climate Justice

Published: October 2021

In July 2021, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association released a report that discusses the key threats and challenges facing climate defenders globally. The report highlights civil society’s critical role in advancing climate action and ensuring a just transition to a greener and more sustainable future.

This briefer, developed together with ECNL and ICNL presents key findings and recommendations from the UNSR report including analysis of the threats climate defenders are facing, how defenders can use the report, and key recommendations for states, businesses and the international community.