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Michel Forst

UNECE
UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention
France
Michel Forst has extensive experience in human rights, and more specifically on the protection of human rights defenders. He held several leading positions on the national and international stages (Secretary General of the French National Human Rights Institution; General Director of Amnesty International; Chief of Staff at UNESCO…)

His dedication to the protection of defenders led him to convene the First World Summit on Human Rights Defenders, as its Secretary General. He was later elected as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (2014-2020).

Further to witnessing, in this role, the major threats that environmental defenders face, he applied in 2022 for a newly established mandate under the Aarhus Convention, specifically dedicated to their protection, and was elected, in June 2022, as the world’s first UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention. He currently holds this mandate.