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Decisions of Regional Human Rights Tribunals Posted

UNEP seeks contributions for Guide on Rio Principle 10

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the main UN environment body, is looking for submissions and contributions to promote the worldwide implementation of Rio Principle 10. UNEP is developing an Implementation Guide to the 2010 “Bali Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters” (Bali Guidelines) in cooperation with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a practical tool for policymakers, legal professionals, decision makers and civil society to aid them in their work to strengthen access to information, public participation, and access to justice. Continue reading »

May 2013 Newsletter

The newsletter describes the Independent Expert's upcoming meetings in Vienna and Panama and a country visit to Costa Rica. The meetings will help to map human rights obligations relating to the environment and to identify good practices in using rights-based approaches to environmental policy-making. See “May 2013 Newsletter”

Consultation on Procedural Rights Related to Environmental Protection

UN Independent Expert Releases First Report to the UN Human Rights Council

The Independent Expert releases his first report to the Human Rights Council on the human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Continue reading »

UN Independent Expert Addresses UNEP: The Role of Human Rights in the Follow-Up to Rio+20

In his speech on 18 February 2013 to the UNEP Ministerial Plenary, Independent Expert John H. Knox addresses the importance of the relationship between human rights and a healthy environment, stressing that the follow-up to Rio+20 provides a critical opportunity to incorporate human rights considerations in environmental governance and policies as sustainable development measures are adopted. Continue reading »

February 2013 Newsletter

The Independent Expert announces the public release of his first report, available through the OHCHR in all six official UN languages. Upcoming events include the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum where Prof. Knox is scheduled to speak on strengthening the relationship between human rights and the environment. Formal presentation of his first report is scheduled to be on March 6 at the Human Rights Council Session. The next report will be released in March of 2014 and will focus on on mapping the current law pertaining to the environment. See “February 2013 Newsletter”

November 2012 Newsletter

This newsletter provides an update on the work of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. Important upcoming events include a consultation in Nairobi in February of 2013 and the first report, due to be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2013. The first report will concentrate on scoping the evolving relationship between human rights and the environment and will set out a plan of action for the next two years. See “November 2012 Newsletter”

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 »