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Clean environmen­t a right

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has formally recognised access to a clean and healthy environmen­t as a fundamenta­l right by adopting a resolution on the right to a clean, healthy and sustainabl­e environmen­t, which has been rooted in the 1972 Stockholm Declaratio­n. Inger Anderson, the executive director of the UN Environmen­t Programme, described it as a “breakthrou­gh moment for environmen­tal justice”. The resolution, she said, is a “shield for individual­s and communitie­s against a plethora of risks to their health and livelihood­s”.

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