March 11, 2019

Eneref Institute Addresses United Nations

Eneref Institute Addresses UN Human Rights High Commissioner to Propose that Daylight be Considered a Natural Right.

Natural Interior Daylight as a Primary Light Source in Homes and Buildings Encouraged in Letter by Eneref Institute to UN High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.

PHILADELPHIA, Mar 11, 2019 – As part of the Eneref Institute #RightToDaylight campaign, in a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Eneref called for daylight as a natural right. Eneref’s stance is that Natural Interior Daylight (NID) is both a natural right and a means of balancing human wellbeing with a transition toward a climate-neutral, healthy planet.

The letter was addressed to Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Palais Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland. Bachelet was elected to President of Chile in 2006. As a physician, Bachelet well understands the importance of a healthy biological metabolism, which can be disrupted with improper lighting design.

In the letter, Eneref Institute details the biological aspects behind human dependence on daylight to regulate circadian rhythm. Eneref also reminds the High Commissioner that sustainable urbanization is critical to limiting global temperature rise. Therefore, Eneref asks High Commissioner Bachelet to encourage architects and sustainability officers to specify NID as their primary light source in building design. Eneref Institute’s letter was sent on March 5th, 2019.

About Eneref Institute

Eneref Institute is a research and advocacy organization for sustainable development. The goal of Eneref Institute is to raise awareness for clear, specific solutions that foster an earth-friendly economy. Eneref Institute works to promote sustainable solutions with US and international government agencies as a liaison between government and the industry. Eneref develops influential initiatives that lead others, with messaging designed to build advocacy for common-sense solutions that achieve effective results. Eneref Institute reports are available for download. Visit

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