The Third Generation Project
Rethinking Rights, Informing Change
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What is the third generation project?

The Third Generation Project was born in response to the need to emphasize the human rights of communities and peoples in response to dire situation brought about by climate change. 

Our Goals

1.     Create a space for multi- and inter-disciplinary discussion on the human rights issues surrounding climate change

2.     Produce research that outlines structural and systemic inequalities that expose communities and peoples to the effects of climate change over others

3.     Generate recommendations to policy circles that reflects the concerns and priorities of frontline communities and peoples

4.     Reform Western research methodologies to become collaborative, transparent, and latitudinal in their nature, moving away from the legacies of oppression and extraction that currently surround them. 


Behind the Name

In international law, the three generations of human rights each refer to political, socio-economic, and solidarity, or ‘collective’, rights respectively. The first and second generations of human rights (i.e. political and socio-economic) are enshrined in numerous international and regional treaties and statutes often in the form of rights allocated to the individual person. However, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights spearhead the allocation of human rights to communities and peoples, and are the only two international statues that enshrine the need to protect communities and peoples and their right to self-determine and exist. Our name seeks to emphasize that human rights institutions and agendas must incorporate both the individual and the community in order to ensure 

The Logo

The triskelion is a pre-Celtic symbol that dates back to the Neolithic era and the earliest use can be found at the entrance of the Newgrange tomb in Ireland, which is estimated to have been constructed around 3,200 BC. The symbol has been used in Celtic cultures and pays heritage to our identity as a Scottish think tank. At the same time, the symbol connects us to cultures across the world that also view the spiral as a symbol of action and progress.

The triskelion also helps to explain the three generations of human rights as being inter-dependent and inter-connected.