The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has just issued important new legal guidance on children’s rights and the environment, with a special focus on climate change. CRC General Comment No. 26 calls for urgent action to address the effects of climate change on children, and provides new clarity on the obligations of the state regarding legislative, administrative and other measures related to environmental issues and climate change as they affect children.
This new General Comment comes at a critical time for action and litigation on the climate emergency. It addresses the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, the rights of future generations, and the obligations of states General Comment 26 is the outcome of over 18 months of global consultations with young people, scientists, lawyers and experts. Governments will now be expected to apply General Comment 26 to their implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In this 22nd webinar in this Child Rights Webinar Series - the first in a series on the new General Comment - Aniva Clarke spoke about the significance of General Comment 26 for young people today, and how it will help address climate issues in the future. Noam Peleg provided an overview of the General Comment and explained its significance in assisting with litigation in cases dealing with the impact of climate change on children’s rights now and into the future.