Across the globe, more extreme weather and climate change are displacing the most vulnerable, including children. Yet not enough is being done to uphold their human rights.
In November, countries will gather in Bonn, Germany for the international climate change negotiations. Since meeting last year, governments have been forced to shift their focus from analyzing future projections of climate change to scrambling to respond to their very real and significant human impacts at home. In rich and poor countries alike, more extreme temperatures and weather-related disasters are having profound human rights’ implications for millions of people, including forced displacement, devastation of livelihoods, insufficient access of food and clean water, and even death. Worse yet, the most vulnerable—especially children—bear the brunt of these impacts.
“Children, particularly displaced and migrant children, are among those most at risk to the adverse impacts of climate change.”
The UN Human Rights Council recently acknowledged that children, particularly displaced and migrant children, are among those most at risk to the adverse impacts of climate change. The resolution acknowledged that more extreme weather and other adverse climate change effects threaten to seriously undermine the human rights of children. These include their enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, access to education, adequate food, adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation.