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terre des hommes and its Zimbabwean partners launch an ambitious global campaign calling on governments to recognize
children's right to a healthy environment "Even when these children are born and before they can say their first word,
they are denied their rights to a dignified life" - Baskut Tuncak, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics
Harare 28 October 2020 - Today the child rights organization terre des hommes and its Zimbabwean partners
namely Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association, Regional Network of Children and Young People Trust,
Citizen Child, Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children,
Childline Zimbabwe, Scripture Union Zimbabwe, Real Opportunities for Transformation Support, Musasa,
Community Arts Project are joining others organisations across the world in launching an international campaign
"MY PLANET - MY RIGHTS" urging governments to recognize children's right to a healthy environment through
the adoption of a resolution on the human right to a healthy environment and an Optional Protocol to the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
As part of the campaign, terre des hommes and the Zimbabwean partners are initiating a global online
petition which will be delivered to the UN Secretary General and the Chair of the United Nations Committee
on the Rights of the Child during the General Assembly in 2021 to prompt Member States to take action.
Youth-led projects will take place in nearly 40 countries to promote the petition and the campaign's global call.
In Zimbabwe, in addition to call for the government to support the UN resolution on the human right to a healthy
environment and an Optional protocol to the UNCRC; youth led activities will take place nationwide to call upon the
government to promote children's environmental rights as envisioned by section 73 of the Constitution with extractives,
waste management and climate change being the main thematic areas.