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Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
02 October 2023
Promoting Environmental Democracy: Procedural elements of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment
The Special Rapporteur has completed a series of six thematic reports on the substantive elements of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, including clean air, safe and sufficient water, healthy and sustainably produced food, non-toxic environments, healthy ecosystems and biodiversity and a safe, livable climate. He would like to seek inputs on the procedural or participatory elements of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, including access to information, public participation and access to justice with effective remedies. In light of the Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment, the report will also address related topics including the rights to environmental education, freedom of expression and association, and safe spaces for environmental human rights defenders. The Special Rapporteur is seeking inputs on the topic from States, rightsholders and stakeholders through responses to the questions below.
Your replies will inform the Special Rapporteur’s analysis and contribute to a report, which will be presented at the 55th session of the Human Rights Council.
The Special Rapporteur invites and welcomes your answers to the following questions:
Your replies will inform the Special Rapporteur’s analysis and contribute to a report which will be presented at the 55th session of the Human Rights Council.
Please send your responses to the questionnaire in Word format by email to [email protected].
However, submissions will also be accepted via regular mail at the following address:
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
We kindly request that your submission be concise and limited to a maximum of 5 pages (or 2,000 words) and welcome the inclusion of links to online documents.
Due to a limited capacity for translation, we also request that your inputs be submitted in English, French, or Spanish.
To avoid unnecessary duplication: if you have recently replied to other questionnaires from UN human rights mechanisms (or other international bodies) with information that would be relevant to this request as well, we welcome your directing us to those replies.
The deadline for submission is 2 October 2023 (deadline extended)
All submissions will be made publicly available and posted on the Special Rapporteur’s homepage at the OHCHR website