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Creation of the United Nations Mandate on Human Rights and the Environment

In March 2012, during its 19th session, the UN Human Rights Council created a three-year mandate for an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. Council Resolution 19/10 calls for the Independent Expert to: study the human rights obligations regarding the right to a healthy environment; identify, promote and exchange views on best practices regarding human rights commitments; prepare a compendium of best practices; make recommendations that will facilitate the realization of Millennium Development Goal 7, on environmental sustainability; contribute a human rights perspective to follow-up processes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development; and take into account a gender perspective by, inter alia, considering the particular situation of women and girls and identifying gender-specific discrimination and vulnerabilities. Continue reading »