Report of the 2016 Day of General Discussion
Children’s Rights and the Environment
| Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) | 2017
The impact of environmental damage on children’s rights is not a new issue. Yet, despite data explicitly linking environmental harm to child rights violations, increased awareness of environmental crises and numerous international agreements, the understanding of the relationship between children’s rights and the environment is still in its infancy.
To foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the CRC with regard to environmental issues, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) dedicated its 2016 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to the topic of children’s rights and the environment. On 23September 2016, over 250 experts, NGO and UN agency representatives, academics and child activists met in Geneva for the DGD. The Committee also received 49 written submissions and the event drew significant social media attention. The day was a milestone in bringing together knowledge on the environment and children’s rights across different areas of expertise.
This report highlights the main issues discussed during the day and in the written submissions. It also provides the rights enshrined in the CRC.