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Press release: Over 100,000 citizens are calling for the United Nations to recognize a new human right – the right to a healthy planet

Brussels – – 28 September 2020
To the press representatives – for immediate publication

Citizens around the world are calling for the right to a clean, healthy environment to become a universal human right. Over 100,000 people signed the petition. [1]

While the United Nations General Assembly is taking place, the United Nations Human Rights Council is currently meeting. This new human right was submitted to the H.uman Rights Council at five Member states [2]. This is an important first step towards resolutions in the Council and finally in the General Assembly.

According to the WHO, 23% of global deaths are due to the degradation and destruction of our natural environment, while hundreds of millions of people suffer from diseases related to unhealthy and unnatural environments. [3] Climate change leads directly to more frequent and intense storms, droughts, forest fires and rising sea levels, which in turn threaten the lives of billions of people. The COVID-19 pandemic has its roots in habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade. This new human right can help the world recover green has to rebuild society after the pandemic, needs both consider biodiversity and climate emergencies.

DR. David R. Boyd, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment:
“The right to a healthy planet as a universally recognized human right would be a powerful addition to the toolkit for saving the planet. The right to a healthy environment already forms the basis of much of the advances we are seeing in various countries around the world. What we need to do now is to seize this moment in the global eco-crisis to ensure that this right is recognized by the United Nations so that everyone, everywhere, can benefit. The human right to a healthy planet, if recognized by all nations, could be the most important human right of the 21st century. “

Patricia Zurita, Managing Director, BirdLife International:
“The health of our planet is our health. When our planet is sick, we get sick. And right now our planet has never been so sick. Human survival is already threatened by the climate and biodiversity crisis, and this pandemic has pushed us one step closer to the edge. To transform and save society, the starting point must be to ensure that everyone has the same baseline – and to guarantee everyone the right to a healthy planet. ”

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[1] # 1Planet1Right is a global campaign calling for the right to a healthy, natural environment to be included in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The campaign is supported by civil society organizations from over 100 countries and will run until 2023 if it hopes the law will be included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to mark its 75thth Anniversary. Sign the petition and learn more at www.1planet1right.org

[2] Declaration by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland to the Human Rights Council on September 24, 2020: “We believe that a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is an essential part of the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights , including rights to life, health, food, water and sanitation. Therefore A possible global recognition of law could have many important implications for our and future generations. ”

[3] Hundreds of millions of people suffer from diseases related to unhealthy and unnatural environments. For more information, see the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environmental Report onClean air and human rights‘ and ‘Safe climate ‘

about BirdLife International
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Together, we are 115 BirdLife Partner worldwide and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7,000 local conservation groups and 7,400 employees. BirdLife is widespread accepted as a world leader in bird protectionaccepted Civil society observers and our unique local-global approach offer high impact and long-term protection for the benefit of nature and people. Learn more at www.birdlife.org   

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