Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

United Nations General Assembly, UN Doc. A/73/188 (2018)

21 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2019

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John H. Knox

Wake Forest University - School of Law

David R Boyd

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Date Written: July 19, 2018

Abstract

In this report, the Special Rapporteur recommends that the UN General Assembly recognize the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

Drawing on the extensive experience with this right at the national and regional levels, the report explains why the time has come for formal UN recognition. The report also describes the possible avenues for such recognition, including a new treaty such as the Global Pact for the Environment, and a General Assembly resolution such as the 2010 resolution recognizing the right to water.

The report was submitted by the outgoing Special Rapporteur, John H. Knox, but it incorporates the input of the new Special Rapporteur, David R. Boyd, who succeeded to the mandate on August 1, 2018, and who presented the report to the General Assembly on October 25, 2018.

Keywords: human rights, environment, human right to a healthy environment, Global Pact, General Assembly

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Knox, John H. and Boyd, David R, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment (July 19, 2018). United Nations General Assembly, UN Doc. A/73/188 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287944

John H. Knox (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

David R Boyd

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

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