The UN recognises the right to a clean environment as a human right

The UN recognises the right to a clean environment as a human right (Disclaimer: A more in-depth analysis of the resolution will appear in the forthcoming September issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest). During its 76th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has recognised the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment …

Does the UN step up its game (again) to tackle illicit wildlife trade?

Introduction On 23 July 2021 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/75/L.116 'Tackling illicit wildlife trade'. The resolution is the fifth resolution of the UNGA after resolutions in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 on this very issue. While the underlying narrative is essentially the same - i.e. the protection of biodiversity through the …

Towards a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

The 19th of November 2018 marked an important step forward towards an instrument protecting rural people and their livelihoods: in a rather overwhelming vote of 119 in favour, 49 against and 7 abstentions the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) of the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/C.3/73/L.30 which endorses the draft of the UN Declaration …