Sy gaan voort: “Bold action is now required to ensure this resolution on the right to a healthy environment serves as a springboard to push for transformative economic, social and environmental policies that will protect people and nature.”
The vote “acknowledges the damage inflicted by climate change and environmental destruction on millions of people across the world,” the press release added. “It also underlines that the most vulnerable segments of the population are more acutely impacted.”
Yolande Wright, Global Director of Child Poverty, Climate and Urban at Save the Children, hailed the “landmark” resolution in a statement, noting it could have “huge implications for children’s rights to a safe and sustainable future.”
“Both resolutions adopted today by the UN Human Rights Council show that finally, the people in charge are listening to what children are saying,” Wright added. “Children we work with are increasingly telling us that they want to see more action from leaders to limit this crisis.”
Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, also welcomed the resolution, noem dit “a breakthrough moment for environmental justice.”
“Die besluit, taken today in Geneva, is a shield for individuals and communities against a plethora of risks to their health and livelihoods. The recognition of the right to a healthy environment is a historic landmark in our ongoing work for social and environmental justice,” Andersen said in a statement.
“It is a message to one billion children at extremely high risk of the impacts of a changed climate: a healthy environment is your right. No one can take away nature, clean air and water, or a stable climate from you.”
This is not the first time the UN has been pushed to expand its institutions mandates to tackle climate change. At a UN Security Council meeting on September 24, Ireland put forward a proposal to add the threat posed by climate change to the Security Council’s routine agenda.