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Brazil refuses to adhere to the Declaration on the Right to Environment, proposed by the UN

Posted in: 2021/03/19

The Brazilian government has decided not to join the United Nations (UN) project for the recognition of the right to the environment. More than 60 countries have already joined the UN cause.

Although the environmental issue is gaining more and more importance for the UN, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights still does not include any article referring to it. The project to recognize the idea of the right to a “safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment” is an attempt to unite countries in favor of environmental responsibility.

Even though there are no punitive measures for countries that refuse to participate in the validation or follow UN guidelines, the lack of national cooperation can be considered a step backwards for Brazilian environmental responsibility.

In the scenario of the search for global collaboration to reverse climate change, halt the destruction and guarantee the sustainable use of the environment, the decision may affect Brazil’s international relations.

An example of the destabilization of national politics through environmental choices being made is the complicated situation of Mercosul. The trade agreement being negotiated with the European Union is encountering difficulties, including because of the European countries’ demand that the participating nations, especially Brazil, reinforce their environmental commitments.

Check out the main news about the government’s decision not to adhere to the UN proposal:

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Brazil does not adhere to UN project to recognize right to the environment                                                               

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