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GI-ESCR participated in roundtable on future generations' human rights

GI-ESCR participated in roundtable on future generations' human rights

On 26 June, GI-ESCR participated in the roundtable organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the framework of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the human rights of future generations. The event was an opportunity to discuss new challenges and frontier issues of human rights and build a common understanding to secure the human rights of future generations.

GI-ESCR Executive Director Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona reflected on the Maastricht Declaration on Future Generations as a relevant legal tool to promote the development of long-term intergenerational thinking in decision-making and to encourage strengthening the UN architecture in this regard. She emphasized that

“There are a lot of legal norms around the world that contain States’ obligations for future generations. It’s time to bring all the disciplines of international law together to interpret them from a human rights perspective”.

International cooperation is vital to ensuring fair global access to technology and common goods, complying with duties stemming from environmental and climate change commitments, and ensuring the universal fulfilment of human rights, particularly in developing countries. Watch the whole discussion here.

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