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UN High Commissioner: the world is in an alarming state

In her opening address at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed grave concern about the condition of the global environment.

Although she also listed a number of other very serious problems in her speech, Bachelet said that climate change represents an unprecedented threat to the entire human race.

The High Commissioner called on companies to take a larger share in the struggle against climate change, and she also stressed the importance of providing wider channels to environmental activists for disseminating their views.

“We are burning up our future – literally. The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope. This is
not a situation where any country,
any institution, any policymaker
can stand on the sidelines,”

she stated.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, opening the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva on 9 September 2019 Photo: MTI/EPA-KEYSTONE/Salvatore Di Nolfi

She also repeated her concern about “the drastic acceleration of deforestation” in Amazonia, a comment that was clearly aimed primarily at Brazil and its president, who interprets the activities taking place in an area of key importance for the ecosystem of Earth as an issue of national sovereignty.

“The fires currently raging across the rainforest may have catastrophic impact on humanity as a whole, but their worst effects are suffered by the women, men and children who live in these areas, among them many indigenous people,” she said. She urged the authorities of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia to introduce and enforce sustainable environmental policies, and called on governments to protect environmental activists.

A fireman fighting a forest fire in Amazonia in August 2019 Photo: MTI/EPA-EFE/Joedson Alves

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: UN News

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