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United Nations Appoints John H. Knox as Independent Expert



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 »