Realizing the rights of the child through a healthy environment  

2020 Annual Day on the Rights of the Child at the Human Rights Council  

1st July, Morning panel: 10h-12h/Afternoon Panel: 15h-17h


Every year, the Human Rights Council dedicates a full day to discuss a specific children’s rights theme. This year, the Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child will focus on the theme: Realizing the rights of the child through a healthy environment 

The aim is to promote understanding of the relationship between children’s rights and a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. For the first time ever two children human rights defenders will speak in both panels to raise children’s voice and perspective! 

Morning panel 10h-12h (Geneva Time)A healthy environment as a child rights concern: setting the scene”  

  • Clarence Nelson, Member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child  
  • Dr. Maria Neira, Director – Environment, Climate Change and HealthWHO 
  • Junior, Child environmental human rights defender  

This panel will be an opportunity to identify good practices while providing guidance on how to integrate a comprehensive child rights-based approach into environment-related law, policy and practice and bringing concrete suggestions on how States, the international community and the private sector can be held accountable and fulfil their obligations to realize children’s rights through a healthy environment. 

Afternoon panel 15h-17h (Geneva Time): “Ensuring children’s rights through a healthy environment: a call to action” 

  • Mr. David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment  
  • Mr. Sanjay Wijesekera, Director of ProgrammesUNICEF 
  • Juliana, Child environmental human rights defender (Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative)   

This panel will be an opportunity for States, international organizations, the private sector, civil society organizations, academics and other participants to identify and share concrete commitments to realize children’s rights through a healthy environment! 

For more information please check the concept note here

Join us in raising awareness about this important event! Feel free to use the logo to disseminate information and and use this social media pack to promote this historic event, amplify our joint Call to Action and eco the voices of Junior and Juliana!

Follow the Annual day live via this link: http://webtv.un.org