Symposium on NHRIs’ Role in Eliminating Lack of Accountability for Disaster Risk Reduction
On November 3, 4 and 5, 2021, Tamar Gvaramadze, First Deputy Public Defender of Georgia, participated in the symposium of national human rights institutions, dedicated to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The theme of the symposium was: "The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Eliminating the Lack of Accountability for Disaster Risk Reduction".
Tamar Gvaramadze spoke about the impact of climate change on the protection of human rights and the implementation of energy projects in the country. She noted that the Constitution of Georgia guaranteed the right to live in a healthy environment and reviewed the special report of the Public Defender's Office, which analyzes the international and national obligations of the state regarding the environmental impact assessment system.
The First Deputy Public Defender also spoke about the challenges relating to ecology and development of renewable resources in Georgia and stressed that the Public Defender's Office was constantly carrying out monitoring in the mentioned direction.
Participants in the symposium received information about the practices of different countries, discussed the human rights situation in the context of climate change, as well as the impact of migration and energy distribution issues on the development of a climate change policy and the engagement of civil society and relevant organizations in the fight against climate change. In addition, the participants spoke about the efforts of national human rights institutions during emergencies and the practical implementation of their ideas. Emphasis was placed on the need for education and awareness-raising among young people in the direction of climate change.