Nordic – Baltic Statement 10 March 2022 delivered by Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, Permanent Representative of Finland.
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries. We thank the Special Rapporteur for the report.
The report raises important issues on the human rights impacts of pollution and toxic chemicals. Individuals, groups and communities that are already enduring poverty, discrimination and marginalization suffer disproportionately.
As the report outlines, both government and business have responsibilities to safeguard the access to a healthy and sustainable environment. Special attention must be given to those in a vulnerable situation including children, indigenous peoples, minorities, older persons and persons with disabilities. It is vital to integrate a gender perspective and empower women for environmental sustainability.
The situation of environmental human rights defenders continues to be of serious concern. Ensuring that they can work without fear of harassment, persecution, or losing their lives is a priority for our countries.
Mr. Special Rapporteur, how can the international community best support a human rights based transition to a circular economy?