United Nations passed the Right to Healthy Environment

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United Nations passed the Right to Healthy Environment

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “United Nations passed the Right to Healthy Environment

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution over the right to a healthy environment for all. This historic move is considered to be an important step towards foreseeing the alerting decline of the natural world.

India’s vote:

The vote of India has gone in favour of the resolution but not united itself from an operative paragraph of the text. The operative paragraph 1 of the resolution consists that the UNGA recognizes the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right. Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Ashish Sharma asked for induction the statement in the official records in the meeting.

The declining natural world:

The nature of earth is worsening globally. Species are on the threshold of extinction with several reaching an alarming stage. For example as per the latest IUCN Red List, the migratory monarch butterfly has become an endangered, threatened species by habitat destruction and climate change. In addition to this, mountains and glaciers are unfreezing faster than scientists previously thought.

UN passes Resolution:

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution after the voting of 161 in favour and declared that access to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, a universal human right.

The making of the resolution adoption has been taken five decades. From a foothold in the 1972 Stockholm Declaration, the right has been incorporated into constitutions, national laws, and regional agreements.

The Backdrop

United Nations Conference on the environment of 1972 was the first world conference which was held in Stockholm for making the environment a major issue.

Success of Stockholm Conference:

One of the major and successful outcomes of the Stockholm conference is the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The UN Human Rights Council recognized in October 2021 for the first time that accepting a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a human right.

Question & Answer:

Q1. Which right has been accepted by United Nations General Assembly recently?

Ans. Right to Healthy Environment

Q2. Is India voted in favour or against in the resolution passed by UNGA recently?

Ans. Yes Indian voted in favour (total votes in favour are 161)

Q3. Give the name of Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Ans. Ashish Sharma

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