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Let’s mobilize for a Child Right to a Clean, Safe and Healthy Environment
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.
Mobilizing children and young people for the children's right to a clean, safe and healthy environment is more urgent than ever. The Committee on the Rights of the Child are building guidelines for countries to protect children’s rights affected by environmental harm. This guidance is known as General Comment No. 26. Children and young people worldwide are now invited to help shape General Comment No. 26 through workshops on different topics.
Share your views and ideas!
Children and young people all over the world are called upon to share their views and experiences of how environmental damage and climate change are impacting their rights and how they are affected by violence and to create demands to the international community. This Global Action Month 2022 is an important platform to make your views visible, and to be part of the global consultations.
Please enter all your activities on this page under “Add your activity” so that terre des hommes can use them to accompany this process of developing the General Comment and to speak up for the right to prevention of any form from violence. Thank you!
- A thank you video of the Children's Advisory Team to the children who participated in the General Comment activities (on Twitter)
For further information:
Strenghtening Environmental Child Rights and preventing violence
The environmental crisis is a child rights crisis. Children and young people are being forced to leave their homes, missing out on school, and losing their lives. Their right to be protected from any form of violence must be guaranteed. Children and young people are speaking up demanding action from governments. From marches and protests, taking action online, tree planting, using art and more.
Children and young people’s views are important to creating General Comment No. 26. They have a right to have a say in decisions about matters affecting them, they offer unique insights into how environmental harm and climate change impacts children, and they have lots of creative ideas and solutions!