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Getting it Right: Advances of Human Rights and the Environment from Stockholm 1972 to Stockholm 2022.

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  • Ebbesson, Jonas1 (AUTHOR) Jonas.Ebbesson@juridicum.su.se
  • Environmental Policy & Law. 2022, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p79-92. 14p.
  • The 1972 UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) was ahead of its time in asserting that "Man has the fundamental right to freedom, equality and adequate conditions of life, in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity and well-being". Fifty years later, at Stockholm+50, the human rights approach to environment protection has been significantly consolidated in international law and governance. The article describes and reflects on these developments from the 1972 Stockholm Conference to the 2022 Stockholm Meeting. The consolidation of the human rights approach to environment protection results from normative advances at regional and global scales, further world summits on environment and sustainable development, international treaty-making to protect the environment and human rights, international policy documents and declarations, and remarkable jurisprudential developments. In parallel, fundamental rights relating to the environment have also been recognised in numerous national constitutions and laws. While the human rights approach is not a panacea to resolve all environmental concerns, and to ascertain due concerns for non-human species and interests that are not directly linked to human well-being, it is a key to ensure that no one is left behind in the pursuit for sustainable development and prosperity. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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