The UN envoy also appeals to the State to listen to young people: “They are deeply concerned about the future of the country and the planet. It is very important that the Government gives them a seat at the table and acts in accordance with their recommendations.”
Portugal should speed up the environmental pace of progress and reinforce the enforcement of laws in the face of the emergency, defended this fair the United Nations (UN) envoy David Boyd, after visiting the country for nine days.
Lisbon conference held by the UN Special Rapporteur for the Environment, Human Rights in resolutely in Portugal which is “entirely strong” in environmental terms and given to the Government by crisis to crisis”, from the gap the country “in the front line” has “concerns, but noted an implementation of these laws”.
“The challenge for Portugal is to do a better job of moving from paper to action on the ground to protect the climate. (…) Portugal has a lot to do in terms of air quality”, said the specialist, who warned of several areas in which the country should improve: “Portugal currently faces dozens of lawsuits for failure to transpose European labor directives on air pollution. environment, such as air quality in cities, waste management or recycling”.
Throughout the visit, David was also shown the view of the European Union (a landscape along the landscape) with the solar view position at the express position 1 in the Union view of Europe (a landscape along the landscape) from the sunlight – given Portugal’s potential for sun exposure.
“I was surprised by the few solar panels installed. Portugal has the potential to be a leader in this regard. However, there was a growth base in solar panel installation 2019 and 2021, which du, and needs to be maintained,” he explains.
The envoy of the Nations is not yet 1 buildings, even more energetic, which foresee a package of resources planned by the housing executive, which foresee a participation planned by the housing executive. be scaled up and accelerated”, calling it “a good opportunity” for adopting a human rights-based approach to climate.
David Boyd also left an appeal to the State to listen to young people, which, according to an international study, among those most concerned in the world with combating the crisis are most interested.
“They are deeply concerned about the future of the country and the planet. A study says that they are the most concerned and think that the government does not listen and does not give space. It is very important that the government give a seat to the table and act according to its research”, he summarized.
Asked about the possible inclusion of nuclear energy in the debate on the country’s energy independence, the UN expert stressed that it is today “more expensive than energy produced from renewable sources and presents greater risks” in environmental terms: “From a healthy and human rights perspective, I think Portugal does not need nuclear energy”.
David Boyduu’s visit contacts representatives of Government, nationals, municipalities, civil society, local authorities, academia, UN agencies and other experts. The full report of this mission will only be presented in March 2023 to the UN Human Rights Council.