UN Human Rights Council, 52nd session.
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment
Statement of the Nordic-Baltic countries during the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on environment delivered by the Permanent Representative Ambassador Darius Staniulis
9 March 2023
Thank you Mr. President,
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and my own country Lithuania.
We thank the Special Rapporteur for his report highlighting the disproportionate harms on women and girls by the environmental risks.
It is particularly worrisome that gender stereotypes, biases, inequalities and multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination negatively affect women and girls‘ enjoyment of the right to clean, healthy and sustainable environment. To address these challenges, a human rights-based approach, where States, businesses and civil society work together, must be in place.
Furthermore, women and girls should participate fully, equally and meaningfully in all processes when it comes to protecting the environment. Their participation and empowerment is crucial for the sustainable future.
The Nordic-Baltic countries are committed to accelerating gender-transformative and inclusive environmental action where everyone has a say.
Mr. Boyd, how could the Human Rights Council contribute to eliminating systemic discrimination of women and girls and empowering them to be a part of the climate and environmental transformation?
I thank you.