Right to a Healthy Environment Global Coalition Wins UN Human Rights Prize

UN Human Rights Award 2023 - The United Nations have awarded the #HealthyEnvironmentForAll coalition which Eurochild joined by endorsing the Global Call in 2020.

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 was recognised as one of the recipients of the prestigious 2023 United Nations Human Rights Prize. The coalition is awarded for its essential role in advocating for the recognition of the right to a healthy environment by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in July 2022.

The UN Human Rights Prize is awarded once every five years to several recipients at a time. This year is the first time that it has been granted to a global coalition. The prize will be presented in New York on 10 December, which also marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, making this recognition even more special.

This announcement arrives just a few days ahead of the 28 July anniversary of the UNGA’s recognition of the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. Since then, millions have continued to experience the cumulative and accelerating impacts of the triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution, exacerbated by systemic inequalities, that is contributing to ongoing violations of the right to a healthy environment around the world.

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