Edited by Gian Luca Burci and Brigit Toebes
Health and the environment are inextricably linked and giving effect to this link is a key aspect of sustainable development in the twenty-first century, particularly as climate changes forces intensify their effects globally. This chapter seeks to highlight that concern for human health and well-being has been a driving force behind the development of international environmental law, and the ways that the principles that have emerged in international environmental law may be utilized to pursue public health objectives in the context of environmental measures. It accordingly outlines the way that the environment impacts human health and well-being and the evolution of international environmental law with concern for human health and well-being at the heart of its development. It further sets out the way the fundamental link between health and the environment is given effect in international environmental agreements by highlighting the specific provisions that protect human health and the environment, which demonstrate the express role of human health in international environmental agreements.
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