05 Mar 2024
14:30–15:30

Lieu: Palais des Nations | Room XXVII

Organisation: Geneva Academy, Suisse, Slovénie, Maroc

This side event to the 55th session of the Human Rights Council invites States, NGOs, international organizations and human rights experts to discuss the scope of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment and its links with other human rights, highlighting differences and similarities in the approaches to the right to a healthy environment at national, regional and international levels. A publication on this topic will be presented by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

About this Session

On 18 October 2021, at its 48th session, the UN Human Rights Council took the landmark step of recognizing the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment (HR2HE). Less than a year later, on 28 July 2022, the UN General Assembly adopted its resolution 76/300, confirming by consensus a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right. The text of the resolution calls on countries to work together, and with other partners, to implement the breakthrough. While it is clear that the General Assembly’s recognition of the HR2HE is a win in and of itself, emphasis should now be put on building consensus on its content and scope.

At this side event to the HRC 55th session, the organizers invite States, NGOs, international organizations and human rights experts to discuss the scope of the HR2HE and its links with other human rights. Panelists will highlight differences and similarities in the approaches to the HR2HE at national, regional and international levels, and they will discuss how these approaches influence the content and scope of the HR2HE and correlated states obligations, in the spirit of seeking a common understanding. They will also discuss how the main elements of the HR2HE and correlative states obligations are based on the key components of other human rights.

At this occasion, a publication on this topic will presented by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Participation

This event will take place only in person. Participants registered for the 55th session of the Human Rights Council can attend the event.

Environment @ HRC55

The 55th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC55) is taking place in Geneva and online from 26 February to 5 April 2024. This regularly updated page highlights the environmental-related activities of this session.

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