Environmental protection as a prerequisite for respect for fundamental rights (information report – SDO)

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Stella BROŻEK-EVERAERT + Anna CAMERON / Lukáš ĎURECH
  3. Contact

Background

In the face of unprecedented global changes (biodiversity collapse, widespread pollution, climate change, etc.), most notably causing extreme weather events, the effects of climate change are having a direct and indirect impact on a range of human rights that are guaranteed at international and European level, such as the right to life and health, the right of access to food and drinking water, the right to property and housing, and the right to religion and culture.

Furthermore, the interconnectivity between fundamental rights and climate change is more broadly in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), developed by the United Nations on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the European Union has committed itself in the context of Agenda 2030.

The Information Report will therefore discuss the impacts of the environmental degradation on the fulfilment of the fundamental human rights. It will explore how recent shifts in the legal systems, the regulatory frameworks as well as the recent developments in climate litigation can leverage an achievement of environmental protection for citizens.