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“Food systems are one of the main reasons we are failing to stay within our planet’s ecological boundaries… The fallout of the assault on our planet is impeding our efforts to eliminate poverty and imperiling food security.”
UN Secretary General, The State of the Planet, 2020
Agreement now exists that human rights norms apply to a broad spectrum of environmental issues, including the adverse impacts of the global food system. The Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Dr. David Boyd, is working to provide additional clarity regarding the substantive rights and obligations that are essential to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. He has submitted reports on clean air, a safe climate, a healthy biosphere, safe and sufficient water, and good practices on the promotion and implementation of the right to a healthy and sustainable environment. He is now preparing a thematic report focusing on human rights and associated obligations related to the adverse environmental impacts of the global food system. For that purpose, he is seeking inputs on the topic from States and stakeholders through responses to the brief questionnaire below.
Your replies will inform the Special Rapporteur’s analysis and contribute to his report, which will be presented to the UN General Assembly later in 2021.
The Special Rapporteur invites and welcomes your answers to the following questions:
Find all submissions received from States, international organizations and other stakeholders in response to the call for inputs: