Right to a Healthy Environment Global Coalition Awarded UN Human Rights Prize

New York, 15 December 2023


 
 
Today the Global Coalition of Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples, Social Movements, and Local Communities – which includes No Peace Without Justice - for the Universal Recognition of the Right to a Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment accepted the prestigious 2023 United Nations Human Rights Prize in a ceremony in New York. This month also marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
The coalition is recognized for its vital role in advocating for the universal recognition of the right to a healthy environment by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2022. The UN Human Rights Prize is awarded once every five years to several recipients at a time. This year is the first time since its inception in 1966 that it has been granted to a global coalition.
 
The prize was presented at a ceremony with UN leadership, including General Assembly President Dennis Francis, Secretary-General António Guterres, and High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk. The award was accepted by a delegation of representatives illustrating the diversity of the coalition’s members.
 
The ceremony took place alongside a workshop with advocates from around the world and UN and State representatives to assess progress since the recognition of the right to a healthy environment and to discuss next steps to build on that progress and ensure the effective promotion of the right.