UNGA Special Session: The Rights of the Child
Since its inception in 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a treaty that recognizes rights specific to children -- with special consideration for their vulnerability and dependence. The implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child was a landmark for the United Nations in furthering the protection of all human rights. Upholding children’s rights should be a responsibility that all countries strive to sustain; however, it is clear that this vital mandate is not adhering in various countries and societies around the world.
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the Rights of the Child will be addressing two issues currently hindering the protection of children and their rights. The first topic will be on the rights of children when situated in the judicial system. specifically that of children having to represent themselves in court and the rights they may -or may not- have in this situation. The second topic will be a discussion on the rights of climate refugee children. Due to the effects of climate change, governments need to address how child refugees that are victims of climate change in their countries maintain their fundamental rights to food, water, shelter, education, and healthcare when they seek refuge -- as no current treaty for children’s rights has addressed the issue of climate refuge.
In a world where democracies are making children represent themselves in court and the effects of climate change is bound to impact the next few generations of children around the world, delegates in the United Nations Right of the Child Committee will need to decide the best course of action to take to protect the youth of today, and that of tomorrow.
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