#TheTimeIsNow-The case for universal recognition of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment
Presentation of the report and open moderated discussion by
- Dr. David Boyd; UBC IRES prof; UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
- Mr John Knox, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
- Ms Phyllis Omido, environmental human rights defender, Kenya
The aim of the event is to present the report ‘The case for universal recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment’, by David Boyd, John Knox and Marc Limon; highlight that an important window of opportunity now exists to make a final push to secure universal recognition of R2E in 2021, via a Human Rights Council resolution followed by a General Assembly resolution; show how the content of a human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment has already been largely developed; and discuss how recognition of R2E would contribute to a variety of positive procedural and substantive outcomes, ranging from increased public participation in environmental management, to cleaner air and water.