From December 2021 – 2023, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child hosted a series of offline and online consultations and workshops with the global community, including specific consultations with children to inform the General Comment on Children’s Rights and the Environment with a Special Focus on Climate Change (General Comment No. 26) now available here.
Alongside the launch of the General Comment No. 26, we will publish Our Planet, Our Rights, Our Voices (A Children’s Global Charter) — a window into the key messages, stories, and calls to action children have shared as part of this global process.
Our Planet, Our Rights, Our Voices highlights the crucial role children play in shaping our world and articulates, in their own words, their views, ideas and hopes for promoting and protecting their environmental rights.
- Digital Gallery of Artwork
- Our Planet, Our Rights, Our Voices – A Children’s Global Charter
Consultations took the form of:
- Online consultations: The public was invited to share their views on the content and first draft of the General Comment. This was done through two types of online questionnaires and open submission forms that will be circulated widely. The first sought answers on a broad set of topics on children’s rights and the environment that informed the creation of the General Comment first draft. The second requested feedback on the first draft of the General Comment. Both questionnaires had child and adult versions in order to collect their specific perspectives.
- Thematic workshops: We brought together experts, young and old, to discuss specific topics related to children’s rights and the environment, including intergenerational equity, the right to a healthy environment and climate change. These discussions helped form the content that was included in the first draft of the General Comment.
- Regional and local workshops: Workshops were hosted with children and the global community across regions and sectors to provide the Committee with opportunities to ensure regional priorities are considered in the final version. It also ensured children from marginalised backgrounds were supported to participate in the drafting process.