Human rights and the environment.

1990/41. Human rights and the environment

The Commission on Human Rights, Noting that scientific and technological progress is one of the decisive factors in the development of human society, Convinced of the paramount importance of the application of science and technology to economic and social progress and to the promotion and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Aware that increasing environmental degradation caused by the negative influence of scientific and technological development has led in some cases to irreversible changes in the environment, which threaten life sustaining ecosystems and undermine health, well being, development prospects and the very survival of life on the planet, Convinced that the preservation of life sustaining ecosystems under conditions of rapid scientific and technological development is of vital importance for the protection of the human species and the promotion of human rights, Noting that everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, Also noting that the States parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognized the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and agreed, for that purpose, to take the steps necessary for the improvement of all aspects of environmental and industrial health, Recalling General Assembly resolution 44/228 of 22 December 1989 on a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, to be held in Brazil in 1992, Taking note of Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities decision 1989/108 of 31 August 1989,

1. Welcomes the decision of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to have a note prepared for its forty-second session on methods by which a study on the problems of the environment and its relation to human rights could be made;

2. Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the present resolution to the Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and to keep the Committee duly informed of the work in this field.

52nd meeting
6 March 1990
[Adopted by 40 votes to none, with
2 abstentions. See chap. XIV.]

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