Parliament of the World’s Religions endorses call to recognize the right to a healthy environment as a fundamental human right at the United Nations

(Parliament of the World’s Religions) On World Environment Day 2022, the Parliament of the World’s Religions honors its commitment to sustainability by standing alongside the United Nations Human Rights Council to ask the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the right to a healthy environment as a fundamental and universal human right. We recognize the interdependence of all human rights and affirm that the right to a healthy environment is fundamental for all others.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Over the past 20 years, efforts to include the right to a healthy environment among other human rights and fundamental freedoms have intensified. . Today, the right to a healthy environment is recognized as an essential human right in law or policy by more than 80% of United Nations member states, by several states in the United States, and by more than 1,300 organizations in the civil society. around the world.

In October 2021, the UN Human Rights Council adopted resolution 48/13, declaring the right to a healthy environment a fundamental human right and calling on the UN General Assembly to adopt a formal resolution recognizing it as such. The vote of the General Assembly is expected in the summer or fall of 2022.

It is essential that the General Assembly adopts the right to a healthy environment with the greatest possible majority. We call on the governments of member states to actively support the UN Human Rights Council resolution. It will be essential to add your voice to the name of this universal human right and once it is introduced we will get back to you with details, key contact information, suggested language for letters and emails. mails and emerging developments at that time.

The text of the House of Commons’ own resolution affirming and fully supporting the recognition of the right to a healthy environment, and how individuals and communities can get involved in interfaith efforts to support this right are available here. Please consider including a link to this announcement on your own outreach and communications sites to inform others in your community of upcoming interfaith efforts and help ensure the resolution is passed.

“Human rights are indivisible and all depend on a healthy and sustainable environment. It is essential that the General Assembly recognizes the right to a healthy environment as a fundamental human right with the largest possible majority,” said David Hales, Climate Action Co-Chair for Parliament. “We call on the governments of all member states to actively support this resolution.

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