Human Rights

The UN just declared a new human right

The world has changed dramatically since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written. In picture: The United Nations Office at Geneva. Image: Unsplash/Mathias Reding

Joel E. Correia

Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Florida

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The human right to water is one of the strongest examples of how U.N. resolutions have been used to shape state policy.
The human right to water is one of the strongest examples of how U.N. resolutions have been used to shape state policy. Image: Unsplash/Xianyu hao

The UN General Assembly agreed to declare the ability to live in "a clean, healthy and sustainable environment" a human right for all.
The UN General Assembly agreed to declare the ability to live in "a clean, healthy and sustainable environment" a human right for all. Image: Unsplash/Rupinder Singh

The human rights to water was recognized in 2010.
The human rights to water was recognized in 2010. Image: Unsplash/Gyan Shahane

U.N. declarations of human rights are aspirational norms that seek to ensure a more just and equitable world.
U.N. declarations of human rights are aspirational norms that seek to ensure a more just and equitable world. Image: Joel E. Correia

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