A high-level panel and interactive debate on “The environment and human rights: the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment”, as well as a full day of debates on this topic, forms the centrepiece of the PACE Autumn Session, taking place in a hybrid format.
Seven reports to be debated will cover the Council of Europe’s action to anchor a “right to a healthy environment”, and how tackling climate change will require more participatory democracy, changes in criminal and civil liability, and a greater reliance on the rule of law. Other reports will look at combating inequalities in the right to a safe, healthy and clean environment, climate and migration, and how research policies can promote environmental protection.
VIPs due to address the Assembly during session week include European Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and North Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers, which he currently chairs.
Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will hold her usual questions/answers session with members.
The Assembly will also award the 2021 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize to one of three shortlisted candidates. Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will take part in the ceremony.
On the fringe of the session, the Council of Europe will welcome “Little Amal”, a 3.5m-tall puppet of a nine-year-old girl who is walking 8000 km from the Syrian border to the United Kingdom in search of her mother.