The Right to a Healthy Environment, Part 1: The United Nations General Assembly’s Consideration of the Right to a Healthy Environment

July 6, 2022 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
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An ELI Breaking News Public Webinar

Join the Environmental Law Institute, Delaware Law’s Global Environmental Rights Institute, Barry University’s Center for Earth Jurisprudence, the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ), and the ABA Center for Human Rights for a breaking news series of webinars about the right to a healthy environment.

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Stockholm Declaration, a landmark international accord that acknowledged a basic right to a healthy environment. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva formally recognized the right to a “clean, healthy and sustainable environment” and recommended that the UN General Assembly do the same. These efforts reflect global efforts to recognize a basic human right to a healthy environment. About two-thirds of the world recognizes the right to a healthy environment constitutionally, legislatively, by treaty, or through judicial interpretation. Of these, at least 84 countries grant an express constitutional right to a healthy environment. Courts in at least six more countries regularly interpret other rights – to life, dignity, or health – as incorporating environmental rights.

In the first part of this series, a panel of international leaders will discuss what it might mean for the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution that recognizes the human right to a healthy environment.

James R. May
, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware Law School, Moderator
David R. Boyd, Special Rapporteur, Human Rights and the Environment, United Nations
Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Director, Law Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Daniel Zavala Porras, Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations
Maria Antonia Tigre, Global Climate Litigation Fellow, Columbia Climate School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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