Children’s Rights and the Environment
- Submitted by: Maggie Chapman, North East Scotland, Scottish Green Party.
- Date lodged: Monday, 18 September 2023
- Motion reference: S6M-10451
That the Parliament welcomes General Comment 26 by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which deals with children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change; understands that the motivation for the General Comment was the efforts of children to draw attention to environmental crises, and that its consultation process involved over 16,000 contributions from children from 121 countries; welcomes the emphasis on the urgent need to address the adverse effects of environmental degradation, especially climate change, on the enjoyment of children’s rights; notes that the General Comment clarifies the obligations of States to address environmental harm and climate change and explains how children’s rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child apply to environmental protection; welcomes the confirmation that children have a right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, in particular in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and the forthcoming Human Rights Bill for Scotland, and calls on all governments and public bodies to respect, protect and enhance the rights of children by taking urgent and effective climate action, and in particular by refraining from granting new licences for fossil fuel extraction.
Ariane Burgess, Ross Greer, Gillian Mackay, Mark Ruskell, Mercedes Villalba