“We are all responsible for upholding environmental rights and shining a spotlight on those fighting to defend them” – Erik Solheim, Head, UN Environment.
Environmental sustainability and human rights are closely intertwined, making the environment a pre-requisite for enjoyment of human rights. Failure to protect the environment or sustainable use of natural resources is failure to protect human rights.
The right to a healthy environment is now recognized in many national constitutions and regional legal instruments, with over 100 countries recognizing some form of environmental rights since the mid-1970s. About two thirds of the constitutional rights refer to a healthy environment; alternative formulations include rights to a clean, safe, favorable or wholesome environment.
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