Children, Climate Talks, Youth Empowerment

Children on the front line – Climate change and the Rights of the Child

This article is written by Charlotte Blondel

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

On the 8th May 2017, the UNFCCC held its first ever technical meeting on the relation between climate change and children’s rights. Too long ignored in climate talks, these rights should be of primary concern for the States parties to the UNFCCC. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the most largely ratified conventions in the world, with 196 parties. The Convention sets up substantive rights enjoyed by children and youth under the age of 18, in addition to human rights applicable to both children and adults. States parties to the Paris Agreement have also committed in December 2015 to address climate change taking into account « their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children (…) ».

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Children, Climate Politics, Climate Talks, COP21 - Paris, Youth Empowerment

Tackling climate change, a tremendous opportunity to implement the rights of the child

This article is written by Cecile Pilot.

Early September, President Obama depicted a stark future without climate action. During the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic, he urged representatives of more than 20 countries to accelerate concrete commitments to avoid harsh consequences for future generations. He said that if we do not fix the issue of climate change soon, children around the world would be « condemned to a planet beyond repair ».

Photo Sean Gallagher – Everydayclimatechange

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