International standards

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The right of children to be protected from pollution forms part of the right to the highest attainable standard of health.  It is specifically addressed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child article 24 (c).  The Convention on the Rights of the Child, articles 6 and 27, also protect a child’s right to life and development, which can be directly inhibited by exposure to pollutants.  

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal, although it does not specifically refer to children, regulates the movement of waste from the industrialised to the developing world and aims to safeguard health and the environment in countries receiving waste.