On Friday 8th October, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted two major and highly symbolic resolutions:
1) a resolution recognizing the “right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment”;
2) a resolution creating a new position, that of a rapporteur for the protection of human rights in the face of climate change.
Russia is one of the few countries to have opposed these two resolutions. Although these votes highlight the long standing disagreements that still exist, they above all demonstrate the renewal of the United Nations’ strong commitment and will to place the environment at the centre of the new global diplomacy;
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