Rik Daems calls for ‘the right to a healthy environment’

Speaking today at a conference on environmental protection and human rights in Strasbourg, PACE President Rik Daems made a plea to upgrade current legal instruments with the ultimate aim of drafting an additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to a healthy environment.

In this perspective, he presented a three-step plan: the drafting of a recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to the member States on human rights and the environment; a possible convention on this issue setting out some standards; as well as, in the medium term, the drafting of an addition Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights.

Mr Daems welcomed the efforts of the Georgian Presidency to address this issue and underlined that the “Trialogue”, involving the Committee of Ministers, the Assembly and the Secretary General, was an effective way to move forward with this roadmap.