The Committee on the Rights of the Child will dedicate its next General Comment No. 26 to children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change. Read our news piece and the Concept Note.
The General Comment will provide authoritative guidance on how children’s rights are impacted by the environmental crisis and what States must do to ensure that children live in a clean, green, healthy, and sustainable world.
From December 2021 to October 2022, the Committee is hosting a series of offline and online consultations and workshops with the global community, including specific consultations with children and young people, to inform the General Comment launching in March 2023.
Consultations inform the content and shape the draft of the General Comment, specifically on the obligations of States to uphold children’s rights in the environmental context. They help fill gaps in the current understanding of certain key issues and clarify concepts (e.g. rights of future generations). Most importantly, they integrate the voices of children and young people, the most impacted by the issue.
We encourage you to visit the official website and check out the ways in which you can get involved!