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In its 2020 concluding observations, CESCR expressed its concern regarding Norway’s licensing of oil/gas exploration in the Arctic and Barents Sea because of their impact on global warming. The CESCR recommended that the government reconsiders its licensing decision and make human rights the primary consideration of its natural resource exploitation and export policies.
While this is not legally binding, it is supportive of the case being brought by Greenpeace Nordic and Nature and Youth which is challenging the government’s decision to issue oil exploration licenses in the Arctic on the basis of the constitutional right to a healthy environment.
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