Webinar: Climate change, the rights of children, and the duty of care
Registrations are now open for the seventh webinar in the Diplomacy Training Program’s Child Rights webinar series, in partnership with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights – “Climate change, the rights of children and the duty of care“
When: Thursday 29th July 2021
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEST
In response to the Government’s report on the implementation of the Convention in Australia, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child emphasised “… that the effects of climate change have an undeniable impact on children’s rights…” It was also “concerned about the State party’s insufficient progress on climate goals and targets committed to in the Paris Climate Agreement and its continuing investment in extractive industries, in particular coal”.
Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s School Strike for Climate Change, year 11 school girl Anjali Sharma started an Instagram account that soon gained 12,000 followers. With the help of a Brigidine nun and seven other children from around Australia, Anjali Sharma went to court claiming the government’s approval of a mine in NSW would violate its duty of care to young people who will be impacted by climate change. The court’s judgement in their favour has been hailed around the world.
This webinar will be an opportunity to learn more about this landmark case – and to consider how explicit reference to Australia’s obligations under the CRC may have affected the claim and judgement.
Join us for this session with Anjali Sharma and Dr Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer at UNSW and child rights expert.