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27 September 2022

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Slovenia: UN expert to assess effects of environmental risks on human rights

GENEVA (27 September 2022) – The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David R. Boyd, will visit Slovenia from 29 September to 6 October 2022.

The visit takes place following the recent recognition of the human right to a clean, healthy and suitable environment at the General Assembly and at the Human Rights Council just a year ago. Slovenia has had this right included in its constitution since 1974.

“My visit will provide a chance to evaluate how this right is translated into national implementation in a country that is considered a champion of environmental protection,” Boyd said.

“I am going to look into environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity and sustainable development planning, with the aim of identifying good practices and challenges related to Slovenia’s human rights obligations.”

During his visit, Boyd will meet with Government officials, representatives of civil society and environmental activists. He will present his preliminary observations on the visit at a news conference on 6 October at 11 am local time at the TechnoLev, part of the Exe Lev Hotel on Vošnjakova ulica 1, Ljubljana.

Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report on the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2023.


David R. Boyd (Canada) was appointed Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment on 1 August 2018. He is an associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia.@SREnvironment

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council's independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures' experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

UN Human Rights, country page – Slovenia

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