World Wetland Network has joined civil society organizations, Indigenous Peoples, social movements and local communities to sign a letter addressed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), calling on them to recognize without delay the human right of all to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
Human rights and environmental international law share fundamental principles. Both recognize a “do no harm” principle
The letter points out that governments and UN activities have recognised the legal rights to a healthy environment; but that there is a gap that can be filled in international human rights law that the HRC can fill.
More than two years ago, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment presented the Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment to the Human Rights Council, illustrating the basis and the widespread acceptance of the right to a healthy environment throughout the world.
Such widespread developments demonstrate that the time is ripe for the universal recognition of this right.
The HRC meets for its 45th session next week.
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Update: read the summary on the question by the UN Special Rapporteur after the UN HRC session.