Advancing environmental rights

Bringing environmental protection nearer to the people 

Environmental rights have grown more rapidly than any other human right and are enshrined in over 100 constitutions. Tragically, whilst the right to a healthy environment is increasingly recognised, this right is increasingly violated. Irresponsible development projects and agri-businesses destroy our prospects of a safe, clean and healthy environment, as those fighting for these rights are killed at an average rate of four per week.

UN Environment  supports the upholding of environmental rights through The Environmental Rights Initiative; which is a coalition of state and non-state actors united to promote, protect, and respect environmental rights.

Learn more about the Environmental Rights Initiative

What are Environmental Rights?


Environmental Rights Initiative - David Boyd video message

September 2018. David R. Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment delivers a video message for the Environmental Rights Initiative in Brazil.


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