Natural Justice article highlights Yale environment conference

On September 9, 2014, a Natural Justice article entitled “International Conference Held on Role of Human Rights in Global Issues” discussed The UNITAR/Yale third Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy. The conference’s goal was to develop action plans and recommendations for policy makers relating to human rights, environmental sustainability, the post-2015 development agenda, and the future climate regime. The article notes that John Knox gave a keynote speech stating that regional agreements since 1970 have adopted a right to a healthy environment and that 90 countries currently provide for a constitutional right to a healthy environment. Knox stated that a human-rights-based approach to tackling environmental issues makes environmental information available to the public and allows the public to participate in decision making.

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