Professor John Knox gives annual report to UN Council on Human Rights
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March 10, 2017
Professor John Knox, as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights and the environment, is featured in the release, “Human Rights Council hears presentation of thematic reports by the secretary-general and by the High Commissioner and his Office,” published on March 9, 2017.
Following is an excerpt:
John Knox, Special Rapporteur on human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, said in response to a question by the Iraqi Development Organization on land recovery projects that he had not worked on such projects, however the general principles that he had described with respect to human rights and the environment would apply to such projects as well, that was the need to meet procedural obligations of information, participation, remedy and so forth. He thanked delegations for their participation and noted that he would be present shortly at a side event together with civil society participants from environmental organizations. He thanked the Human Rights Council for its support for his mandate.
He also addressed the issue of biodiversity and human rights, as well as provided his report from his recent mission to Madagascar. The thematic report described the importance of ecosystems, services and biodiversity for the full enjoyment of human rights.