On September 21, 2023, Ambassador James O’Brien, Head of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Sanctions Coordination, will host a roundtable discussion with environmental defenders and NGOs on the margins of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level week. The discussion will focus on ways to confront and prevent violence against environmental defenders. UNGA high-level week provides an opportunity to advance key White House priorities related to protecting human rights, Indigenous peoples and local communities, and combating nature crimes including trafficking in timber, wildlife, and precious metals and gemstones.

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