policy brief: Integrating human rights in the regulation and oversight of blue economies and just transitions

By Elisa Morgera

“…With growing interest in the human rights impacts of extractive and just transition activities by the United Nations, there is an urgent need to include blue economies, other ocean-related economic development planning, and marine spatial planning into any consideration of the human rights impacts of their policies, plans and projects. It is essential to pay particular attention to protecting everyone’s human right to a healthy environment, as well as the human rights of ocean-dependent, vulnerable and historically excluded groups. In addition, the negative impacts on the human right to a healthy environment arising from large-scale fisheries and deep-seabed mining should be included, also because of their contributions to climate change…”

Photo: Nessim Stevenson

Related SDGs:

  • Climate action
  • Life below water