General Comment on child rights, the environment and climate change: Frequently Asked Questions

The General Comment on child rights, the environment and climate change is a significant step towards holding governments accountable to uphold children’s rights and ensure children live in a clean, green, healthy and sustainable world. The General Comment will serve as authoritative guidance on how children’s rights are impacted by the environmental crisis and what […]

#MYPLANETMYRIGHTS and Global Action Month 2021 in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where biodiversity is one of the richest in the world. It is also in danger of massive biodiversity destruction caused by globalized capitalism, over-emphasis on economic development, expansion of genet­ically-modified crops, deregulated use of chem­icals in agriculture, proliferation of extractive industries and agro-business plantations, civil wars, lack of laws to protect […]

Realising children’s right to a healthy environment

  This statement is made on behalf of the Child Rights Connect Working Group on child rights and the environment and the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative. No group is more vulnerable to environmental harm than children. The numbers are truly shocking. More than 1.7 million children under the age of five lose their lives every […]

MY PLANET – MY RIGHTS! Recognize children’s right to a healthy environment!

Every child has the right to a healthy environment. But, this is severely threatened! The global environmental crisis, climate change, extinction of species, plastic waste and water and air pollution massively endanger the chances of survival, especially of children: Every year 1.7 million children die before their fifth birthday from drinking contaminated water or breathing polluted […]

GROWTH OR GREED: Protection of rivers and rights in the face of development

The rivers of South-East Asia are vital for the livelihoods of millions of people in terms of domestic use, agriculture, industry and transport (Opperman, 2018). Against the backdrop of development of infrastructure that supports a more urbanised and inter-connected life in all of the partner countries there have been changes in the ecology and bio-diversity […]

Terre des Hommes launches ambitious global campaign calling on governments to recognize children’s right to a healthy environment

“Even when these children are born and before they can say their first word, they are denied their rights to a dignified life” – Baskut Tuncak, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics   Osnabrück, 28 October 2020 – Today the child rights organization Terre des Hommes is launching an international campaign “MY […]

Awareness Raising on ECR In the Context of COVID-19

  In order to create a healthy environment for children amid COVID-19 threat, child and youth participation, among others, is instrumental and play important role in this process. Therefore, trained child peer educators of the project “Integrated Program to Support Poor and Vulnerable Children and Families through the Development of their Livelihoods and Political Participation” […]

Global Initiative on Advancing Children’s Right to a Healthy Environment

Global Initiative on Advancing Children’s Right to a Healthy Environment Outcome Report for the Regional Expert Consultation for East Asia and the Pacific Bogor, Indonesia: 22-23 October 2019 The Global Initiative on Advancing Children’s Right to a Healthy Environment was launched in early 2019. The Initiative aims to build on positive progress made in connecting […]

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