UN Committee on the Rights of the Child requests submissions on business' role in children's rights & environment (due 31 Jul)

On 23 September 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold a day of general discussion in Geneva on Children’s Rights and the Environment.The discussion day is a public meeting at which representatives of governments, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, civil society and other relevant organizations, as well as individual experts and children, are welcome...The deadline for registration with the Secretariat...1 September 2016...Within the thematic area of focus...the Committee encourages the submission of written contributions on issues related to: The impact of environmental harm on children’s rights...The role of children as agents of change in the environmental context...State obligations regarding the rights of the child in relation to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment...The role of the business sector...The deadline for the submission of written contributions is 31 July 2016. The Committee requests that written contributions be limited to a maximum of seven pages (2500 words).

[Specific questions on the role of the business sector:]

  • What role does the business sector play (or could play) in addressing environmental harm (e.g. depletion of or inequitable access to natural resources) that interferes with the enjoyment of children’s rights?
  • How and to what extent do children’s rights inform corporate policies and measures aimed at identifying and managing environmental impacts? Please provide case studies/examples of when a policy or measure has succeeded and why, or failed and why (e.g. related to the integration of children’s rights into environmental policies; assessments to identify, monitor, prevent, mitigate and account for how impacts on children’s rights are addressed; engagement of children as stakeholders; and access to remedies and compensation for children).
  • What does the corporate responsibility to respect children’s rights (exercise due diligence) require from business when applied to the identification and management of adverse environmental impacts?

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