Human Rights Council

Acknowledgement of the right to a healthy environment


A healthy environment is necessary for all human beings to fully enjoy their other natural rights and fulfil their potential. There seems to be a link between human rights and environmental protection. This has led many states to incorporate a right to a healthy environment in their constitutions.


Nevertheless, there is no mention of it in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international law or agreements are therefore lacking in this area Delegates may consider debating some sort of recognition of this almost globally accepted right, and study the impact such a decision could have.


Republic of Argentina, Republic of Italy, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of India, Arab Republic of Egypt