Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca – Cluj Napoca, Romania
The 1st Roma Environmental Justice Conference aims to address the urgent issue of environmental justice for Roma communities. With a focus on key themes such as the Roma Strategic Framework, the impact of Green Deal policies, funding mechanisms, and the role of municipalities, the conference seeks to foster meaningful dialogue, challenge existing paradigms, and drive tangible actions towards achieving environmental justice. It will bring together stakeholders from Civil Society ,EU institutions, National Roma Contact Points, funding bodies, municipalities, and Roma rights organizations to collectively confront the systemic barriers and inequalities faced by Roma communities in relation to their environment.
The conference taking place on 12 October will provide a platform for rigorous discussions and critical analysis, examining the efficacy of EU and Member States’ initiatives in ensuring environmental justice for Roma communities. Participants will engage in in-depth debates, exposing the gaps in Green Deal policies and advocating for inclusive approaches that address the specific environmental challenges faced by Roma communities from various angles such as the informal recycling sector, housing, access to water and energy, and the right to a healthy environment. Additionally, the conference will evaluate existing funding mechanisms within the Green Deal framework and challenge them to better support environmental justice initiatives for Roma communities. The 1st Roma Environmental Justice Conference aims to build on the environmental justice movement, inspire transformative actions, and advocate for meaningful change to dismantle systemic environmental injustices faced by Roma communities.
On 11 and 13 of October, several workshops will be also organised for CSOs, activists and academia.