international human rights law, environment, indigenous peoples, ecology, environmental protection, international co-operation
In the contemporary world human beings are in a position to influence the world ecological system as a whole in such a way as to endanger the longterm survival of all plant and animal species and even humankind itself. Hunger, poverty and disease – a cause and effect of global environmental degradation – constitute fundamental reasons why the international community has expressed serious concern at the importance of environmental protection and the creation of a new era of international co-operation, the new global partnership, for the survival of the human person. To this end many endeavors, activities and measures have been undertaken by the world community. Some of them are briefly presented in this paper.
Morten Bergsmo ed., Human Rights and Criminal Justice for the Downtrodden: Essays in Honour of Asbjørn Eide (Marinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2003) 571