The UN Human Rights Council recognizes the sustainable environment as a human right – JURIST – News
The United Nations Human Rights Council has recognized a “safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment ”as a basic human right on Friday.
The resolution first proposed in the 1990s will implement the right to a healthy environment and introduce a special rapporteur to establish these changes. The text proposed by countries including the Maldives and Morocco was adopted with the only abstentions being Russia, India, China and Japan. The resolution will not be legally binding and the states involved will not be bound by the terms according to Ambassador in Geneva, Rita French.
The purpose of the resolution is to tackle the growing threat of climate change and its effects, such as flash floods in China and water droughts in Madagascar. The High Commissioner of the Human Rights Council called this a triple global threat of “climate change, pollution and loss of nature”. It was also urged that the currently negotiated Global Biodiversity Framework incorporate a human rights lens when discussing actions to promote biodiversity. The intensity of this threat has been cited in
This added focus on protecting human rights while improving the quality of the environment comes ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit, CO26 in Glasgow next month. States will meet to discuss actions to improve climate change, especially at a time when 24.3% of deaths worldwide are due to air and chemical pollution.