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Evolutions of the Right to a Healthy Environment Part 2: Political Dimensions of International Environmental Governance

by Anna Guzman and Stephanie Yu *Welcome to Part 2! This is the second post of our two-part series on the differences between the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 48/13 and UN General Assembly Resolution A/76/L.75 affirming the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. (See the first post here.) In this second […]

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Community Symposium on the United Nations General Assembly’s Consideration of the Right to a Healthy Environment

Evolutions of the Right to a Healthy Environment Part 1: Implications for Vulnerable Communities

by Anna Guzman and Stephanie Yu Series Introduction On 8 October 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) adopted Resolution 48/13 (henceforth referred to as the “HRC Resolution”), which recognized the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, and urged states within the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to consider the matter […]

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Three Cheers for Evolving New Rights: A Healthy Environment, International Solidarity, and Climate Refugee Protection

by Magdalena Smieszek In a historic resolution, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) stepped up on July 28, 2022 to recognize the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. The significance of this recognition is manifold, serving the evolution of human rights as a whole, especially the advancement of “new” rights at the […]

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Community Symposium on the United Nations General Assembly’s Consideration of the Right to a Healthy Environment

The Right to a Healthy Environment and Physical and Mental Health

by Maha Husain Introduction On 28 July 2022, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution to recognise the right to a healthy environment with 161 votes in favour, 8 abstentions and 0 votes against the Resolution. The zero draft Resolution, which contains similar text to that adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council […]