UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right

Young climate activists take part in demonstrations at the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo credit: United Nations; https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/07/1123482

With 161 votes in favour, and eight abstentions*, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on Thursday, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right.

The resolution, based on a similar text adopted last year by the 

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