Call for input: Country visit to Norway (12 – 23 September 2019)

In connection with an official visit to Norway, to take place from 12 to 23 September 2019, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Mr. David R. Boyd, would like to take your feedback into account. The visit will include discussions with government officials, representatives of civil society, and the private sector about good practices and challenges in the implementation of human rights obligations relating to environmental protection.

Human rights and the environment are interlinked and interdependent. The full enjoyment of human rights depends on healthy environment. Environmental degradation undermines our ability to enjoy our human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, culture, and a healthy and sustainable environment.

States have a general obligation to protect the environment (including by regulating businesses and other private actors) in order to protect the rights that depend upon it. These obligations include duties of the State to provide information about environmental matters, facilitate public participation in environmental decision-making, and provide effective remedies for environmental harm. States must establish and maintain substantive environmental standards and effectively enforce these standards aimed at respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights. States must protect environmental defenders from harassment and violence. States also have heightened duties to protect those whose rights are most vulnerable to environmental harm.

The Special Rapporteur will present a public report on his Norwegian country visit to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2020. 

Any responses you provide to the questions below would be greatly appreciated. You need not answer all of them – you can focus on the ones that are relevant to you.

If you would like your submission to be considered during the visit as well as after it, please send any responses to the questions to srenvironment@ohchr.org at your earliest convenience but no later than 31 July 2019.

If you reply by 15 October 2019, your submission will not be considered during the mission, but it will be taken into account for the Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Please feel free to share this message and the questions with anyone who might be interested in contributing.

Your responses will be kept confidential. Neither you nor your organization will be identified, and your response will not be attributed to you or your organization, even if the Special Rapporteur raises issues that you brought to his attention.

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