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HRC46: Denmark joins cross regional statement on human rights and environment

Joint statement 
Human Rights and the Environment
HRC 46 – GD Item 3
Geneva, March 2021

I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the core group on human rights and environment, Costa Rica, Morocco, Slovenia, Switzerland and my own country Maldives, and XX other countries, the full list of which will be available on the extranet. 

Madam President,
The Human Rights Council adopted its first resolution on human rights and the environment in 2011. Since then, we have become more aware of the numerous complex linkages that exist between human rights and the environment. The involvement and participation of all concerned individuals and authorities have brought the cross sectoral links between human rights and environment to the forefront of discussions, within the wider UN membership as well.  
According to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, the number of states recognizing the right to a clean, safe, healthy and sustainable environment in various forms has grown over the past few years with more than 155 countries recognising this right, or elements of this right, in their national legal systems. Despite its various formulations, the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is becoming universally recognised.
There is a global consensus on the degradation of the environment and the consequences it has on human life. We are all reminded by the current pandemic that the dignity, life, and health of all humans must be both protected and promoted without any discrimination. It is our belief that a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is integral to the full enjoyment of human rights. Therefore the possible recognition of the right at a global level would have numerous important implications on what we leave to our future generations. 
There are increasing calls for a global recognition of such a right from States, UN Representatives, experts, and civil society. We are committed to engaging in an open, transparent and inclusive dialogue with all States and interested stakeholders on a possible international recognition of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. 
I thank you.