Expert of Association, Professor Borys Babin took part in the online conference  “Sustainable Economic Recovery Post-COVID across the Commonwealth: Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Climate Goals” hosted on 29th of June by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), University of Waterloo, Canada and University of Cambridge, UK.

This webinar provided engaging briefings based on a recent study by the Commonwealth Secretariat and CISDL, identifying ways that international law can help countries to “build back better”. This session focused on water management, sustainable production and consumption, climate action, and marine and terrestrial biodiversity.

Moderated by Francisca Pretorius (Head of Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform, Commonwealth Secretariat), the session included briefing by Professor Markus W. Gehring (University of Cambridge), Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (University of Cambridge, University of Waterloo), and Professor Robert Kibugi (University of Nairobi). They were joined by Dr. Nicholas Hardman-Mountford (Head, Oceans and of Natural Resources Division, Commonwealth Secretariat), and by Dr. Brendan Vickers (Head of International Trade Policy Division, Commonwealth Secretariat).

During the webinar Professor Babin started discussion on links between international humanitarian law, international human rights and international environmental law regarding the challenges to the natural sourses and biodiversity of the Crimea and to relevant rights of the Crimean residents, including Russia-created “water crisis” and invaders’ pollution and destruction the environment of peninsula and of adjacent maritime spaces.

Such discussion grounded on Associaiton’s submissions to UN structures, that were presented to webinar participants; and during colloquy the relevant positions were reflected by the Professor Marie-Claire C. Segger  and Dr. Nicholas Hardman-Mountford.

Also those Association’s submissions were presented by Professor Babin on 29th of June during on-line Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution that united representatives of more that 100 national governments, academicians and nature protection organization from various UN countries.