On behalf of Quakers around the world, FWCC signed a letter along with 858 signatures to appeal to the Human Rights Council to recognize, without delay, the right to a ”safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment” for all.

Najmah Ali, QUNO’s Human Rights and Refugees Programme Assistant addresses the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council last week.

On behalf of Quakers around the world, FWCC signed a letter along with 858 signatures to appeal to the Human Rights Council to recognize, without delay, the right to a ”safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment” for all.

The 45th session of the Human Rights Council began on 14 September and lasts until 7 October 2020. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations. It is a system responsible for addressing situations of human rights violations and makes recommendations on changing and improving them.

The appeal, entitled, “The Time Is Now”, is signed by more than 850 organizations from civil society, social, environmental, youth, gender equality, and human rights movements, trade unions, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities, from more than 100 countries.

In the context of it’s appeal the singed letter states: ”The Covid-19 pandemic that is currently hitting us demonstrates the devastating effects that environmental degradation can have and how urgent it is that the right of all to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, already widely acknowledged at the national and regional levels, be also universally recognized by the pre-eminent human rights body of the United Nations. By filling this gap in international human rights law, this recognition will highlight that human rights have to be guaranteed and effective in the face of environmental challenges.”

We are grateful, and continue to be thankful, for the work of the Quaker United Nations Office QUNO) in New York and Geneva, who do their work in the name of FWCC. They consult with members of the UN Secretariat, the representatives of other non-governmental and faith-based organizations, and delegates from a variety of countries, and because of them, we are better able to live our Quaker faith and see that of God in everyone through working withing within and shaping the systems that govern us and putting the Quaker name towards appeals such as this one.

Download the full letter to ‘Global Call for the UN to Recognize the Right to a Healthy Environment‘ below:

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