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The Right to a Healthy Environment

“Human Rights are indivisible and all depend on a healthy and sustainable environment. It’s critical that the General Assembly recognize the Right to a Healthy Environment as a Basic Human Right with the largest possible majority,” said David Hales, Co-Chair of Climate Action for the Parliament. 

The Parliament of  the World’s Religions is a proud member of the Global Coalition of Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements, and Local Communities for the Universal Recognition of the Human Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment, which was awarded the 2023 United Nations Human Rights Prize. Read more about the award-winning Coalition here.

In observance of World Environment Day 2022, the Parliament of the World’s Religions honored our commitment to sustainability by standing with the UN Human Rights Council in calling for the UN General Assembly to adopt the right to a healthy environment as a basic and universal human right. We recognize the interdependence of all human rights and assert that the Right to a Healthy Environment is fundamental to all others. 

The Parliament’s Climate Action Task Force championed the UN General Assembly resolution on the right to a healthy environment and directly advocated to the member states of the UN to affirm this critical human right, co-sponsor the resolution, and vote in favor of its adoption.

With the resolution adopted by the UNGA on July 28, 2022, the Parliament of the World’s Religions calls for strong implementing action by states, subnational regional governments, cities and authorities at all
levels of government, with the strong support of civil society and especially faith-based and
interfaith organizations.

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