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Every year during the month of November, the children and youth of the terre des hommes’ International Youth Network (IYN) hold the Global Action Month (GAM) on Child Rights. On the occasion of the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children and youth of the IYN worldwide take public actions to raise their demands in relation to the realization of their rights.
In September 2021, children and young people gave an impressive testimony of their commitment to a healthy environment by handing over 140,000 petition signatures to David Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to a Healthy Environment. See on Facebook We sincerely hope that the UN General Assembly will recognize the right to a healthy environment. This would bring us a good deal closer to our long-term goal of anchoring this right in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In its last session, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child decided to develop a General Comment entitled "Children's rights and the environment, with a particular focus on climate change". To accompany this UN process, we now must mobilize through Global Action Month 2021.
Again this year, we would kindly like to ask you to make sure that the many activities taking place in your regions are added to the GAM-world map. It is easy to register. All you have to do is click on "Add your activity" and upload some information and one or two photos. After the final approval by tdh, the entry will appear on the world map.
Climate change and environmental pollution is the most urgent crisis we must face. Although, in times of Corona, this might seem different. Billions of people are affected right now and many measures are taken against the spread of Corona. These is very important. Nevertheless, we should remember that climate change affects millions of people each year. If we do not act now, many places on earth won’t be habitable and many more people will die. Corona shows us, that in a very short time very drastic measures can be taken. That’s why we are convinced that it is possible to protect our climate and environment. In order to make this easier for us on a legal level, we want the UN General Assembly to recognize the human right to a healthy environment in their resolution and to create an optional protocol to the UN Child Rights Convention. But we can’t do it on our own. That’s where we need YOU!
Young people around the world mobilize for GAM with a focus on children's rights for a healthy future amidst the threat of climate change and peacebuilding. These two areas of action are fundamental to the work of terre des hommes Germany and terre des hommes Schweiz. GAM has become the most successful IYN project that shows the power to bring the voices of young people. The IYN is the platform for exchange between and among young people from the different regions of the terre des hommes project around the world.