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''EARTH'na'' presents its report on environmental rights to be submitted to UN Human Rights Council

June 9, 2022

(TAP) - The collective 'EARTH'na', a group of young Tunisians supported by a set of environmental and human rights organisations, on Wednesday, presented its stakeholder report on environmental rights and development to be submitted in November for review by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

The document, in three languages (Arabic, French and English), includes a comprehensive report on environmental rights and development and was submitted in its digital version top the UN Council in March 2022.

It recalled that Tunisia 'faces many environmental problems', making a set of recommendations to the Tunisian government.

These recommendations, which cover the legal, educational and media fields, should contribute to the resolution of problems and allow the government to meet its commitments.

Tunisia occupied the 96th place in the Environmental Performance Index for 2022, out of a total of 180 countries, down 25 spots compared to 2020.

The document recalled that the Tunisian state is committed to fighting against environmental pollution (Article 45 of the Constitution).

However, environmental damage includes pollution of solid, liquid and gaseous as well as public discharges threatening the life, health and welfare of citizens, it added.

Though Tunisia is committed to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 45% in 2030 compared to those of 2010 and to increase the share of renewable sources in energy production to 30% for the same period, this goal is far from being achieved, according to the document.

The same source recalled that Tunisia is already suffering and will continue to suffer the effects of climate change. It cited as examples higher temperature, decrease in rainfall, danger of coastal erosion, drought, food insecurity (grain production fell by one third in 2020, compared to 2019), in addition to the 37 thousand jobs threatened in the agricultural sector.

On another level, the report highlights that the food security index in Tunisia has recorded an improvement, since the country now ranks 55th among 113 countries classified.

However, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the prevalence of severe food insecurity reached 9% of the population, which is equivalent to 1 million Tunisians.

The collective 'EARTH'na', a group of young Tunisians supported by a set of environmental and human rights organisations, on Wednesday, presented its stakeholder report on environmental rights and development to be submitted in November for review by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.

The document, in three languages (Arabic, French and English), includes a comprehensive report on environmental rights and development and was submitted in its digital version top the UN Council in March 2022.

It recalled that Tunisia 'faces many environmental problems', making a set of recommendations to the Tunisian government.

These recommendations, which cover the legal, educational and media fields, should contribute to the resolution of problems and allow the government to meet its commitments.

Tunisia occupied the 96th place in the Environmental Performance Index for 2022, out of a total of 180 countries, down 25 spots compared to 2020.

The document recalled that the Tunisian state is committed to fighting against environmental pollution (Article 45 of the Constitution).

However, environmental damage includes pollution of solid, liquid and gaseous as well as public discharges threatening the life, health and welfare of citizens, it added.

Though Tunisia is committed to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 45% in 2030 compared to those of 2010 and to increase the share of renewable sources in energy production to 30% for the same period, this goal is far from being achieved, according to the document.

The same source recalled that Tunisia is already suffering and will continue to suffer the effects of climate change. It cited as examples higher temperature, decrease in rainfall, danger of coastal erosion, drought, food insecurity (grain production fell by one third in 2020, compared to 2019), in addition to the 37 thousand jobs threatened in the agricultural sector.

On another level, the report highlights that the food security index in Tunisia has recorded an improvement, since the country now ranks 55th among 113 countries classified.

However, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the prevalence of severe food insecurity reached 9% of the population, which is equivalent to 1 million Tunisians.

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