Symposium on the United Nations General Assembly’s Consideration of the Right to a Healthy Environment: call for blog posts

On June 21st, 2022, the core group of countries composed of Costa Rica, Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia, and Switzerland introduced a draft resolution for UN General Assembly recognition of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. Two rounds of Member States negotiations will happen in July and a vote is likely to happen by the end of July.

The short zero draft resolution contains three operative paragraphs:  

The first operative paragraph states that the UN General Assembly “recognizes the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

The second operative paragraph highlights that the right “is inextricably related to the right to life and the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as well as other rights.”

The third operative paragraph calls upon States and international organizations “to adopt policies, to enhance cooperation and continue to share good practices in order to scale up efforts to ensure a clean, healthy and sustainable environment for all.”

We are excited to invite GNHRE members to contribute to our blog series on the expected recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the United Nations General Assembly, the core of the draft resolution, and what this would mean for international environmental law. 

Contributions should take the form of short blog posts (around 1,500 words) and should be submitted prior to July 30, 2022. Posts will be published throughout August/September 2022. Please send contributions to

Dina Lupin

By Dina Lupin

Dina Lupin is the Director of the GNHRE and a Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdon. Dina is an affiliated researcher in the project “Giving groups a proper say”, supported by the Austrian Science Fund and hosted at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Dina‘s current research is on silencing and epistemic injustice in the context of consultation processes with Indigenous peoples and her latest article on this subject can be found here. In 2020, Dina’s book, “Human Dignity and the Adjudication of Environmental Rights” was published with Edward Elgar Press.

Previously Dina worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tilburg researching civil society organisations working on sustainable development in Ethiopia. You can read more about the research project here.

Dina was awarded her PhD in 2017 by the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Oslo. Her PhD was on the concept of human dignity in the context of environmental law and governance.

Dina completed her BA and LLB at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and her Master of Laws, with honours, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Dina previously worked as a Senior Attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights ( in Cape Town. At the Centre, Dina represented a range of communities and activists in their battles for more transparent, accountable environmental and water management in the mining sector. She worked on the
legal aspects of acid mine drainage, hydraulic fracturing and was
instrumental in the facilitation of a community activist network in the field of mining and environmental justice. Dina also led the Centre’s work on improving transparency in environmental governance. As a result of her work at the Centre, Dina was included in the 2013 list of 200 Young South Africans published by the Mail and Guardian .

Dina has also worked in the Mining and Natural Resources team at Webber Wentzel, a South African law firm.