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Theorisation Of The Various Human Rights Approaches To Environmental Issues

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This chapter locates the evolving 'Right to Environment' in the broader framework of sustainable development and a new categorisation of human rights. It explores whether the emergence of sustainable development has played a role in furthering or hindering the development of the international 'Right to Environment' and its sub-rights. The chapter also builds a theoretical connection among the concepts of environment, development, democracy and human rights. The first section of the chapter explains the meaning of sustainable development, its three pillars and its role as an umbrella concept for the right to development, the right to democracy and the 'Right to Environment'. The second section examines the rationale behind the proposed reconfiguration of human rights and establishes the connection between each generalist right and its corresponding covenant, including a detailed description of a draft covenant on environmental rights.

Keywords:environmental rights; human rights system; sustainable development



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