UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on Human Rights and Environment, establishes an Independent Expert on the issue

27 March 2012

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on Human Rights and Environment that establishes an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment.

The resolution was adopted on 20 March 2012 at conclusion of 19th session of the Council. Maldives, Costa Rica and Switzerland tabled the resolution and the Council adopted it by consensus, with more than 80 States co-sponsoring.

The resolution crystallizes efforts over many years from many quarters.  It establishes an institutional vehicle to advance the linkages between Human Rights and the Environment.  It is expected that this new Special Procedure will lay the basis for the Council’s recognition of a universal right to a healthy environment.  We have much work to do in the coming three years to achieve this strategic objective. More

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