Committee on the Rights of the child general comment no. 26 (child version)

August 22, 2023 – In this general comment, the Committee emphasizes the urgent need to address the adverse effects of environmental degradation, with a special focus on climate change, on the enjoyment of children’s rights, and clarifies the obligations of States to address environmental harm and climate change. The Committee also explains how children’s rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child apply to environmental protection, and confirms that children have a right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. They created a special child-friendly version that is available in English, French, and Spanish. There is also an explainer video.