General Comment No. 26 

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has published General Comment No. 26 on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change. 

To ensure General Comment No.26 is representative of the diverse experiences and best interests of children globally, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child took a collaborative, intergenerational approach to its development.

The Committee’s work to develop the General Comment was supported by a steering group led by its official partner, Terre des Hommes, in collaboration with various stakeholders, including the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative (CERI), OHCHR and Child Rights Connect, and guided by expert advisors  including a global Children’s Advisory Team. 

To create this General Comment, children and adults across the world were invited to share their views on what should be included. The Committee and General Comment No.26 steering group wish to thank everyone who contributed to the consultations that took place between December 2021 and February 2023. Having received 16, 331 contributions from children across 121 countries. We wish to say a special thank you to the thousands of children that took the time to share their views and ideas with us. Learn about the consultations.

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