Recht auf gesunde Umwelt - Right for healthy environment

Right to a healthy environment

Children have the right to grow up in a healthy environment.

We are committed to ensuring that children grow up healthy and can live out their human rights to the fullest!

Recognise rights worldwide

The right to a healthy environment demands that our environment should be safe, clean, healthy and sustainable. We are committed to recognising this right worldwide.

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There is ample evidence of the damage caused by humans and the climate change they are causing. Ecosystems and biodiversity around the world are showing rapid decline.


We work to ensure that the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is recognised as a fundamental right worldwide.

Current projects

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: General Comment No. 26

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, with the support of the World Future Council, is producing a statement on the rights of children and the environment, with a particular focus on climate change (General Comment No. 26) – authoritative guidance on how children’s rights are affected by the environmental crisis and what governments must do to uphold these rights. We support this!

Recognition of the right to a clean and healthy environment

The time is ripe! We worked on the global call to the UN Human Rights Council to recognise the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. In October 2021, after years of work by more than 1,000 civil society organisations, including the World Future Council, the Human Rights Council finally recognised this right and called on the UN General Assembly to do the same.

Publications & Downloads

Article: Ecological children’s rights and education for sustainable development

The article asks why ESD and children’s ecological rights are so closely intertwined?

Article: Global call for the right to a healthy environment

This article describes our approach in calling on the UN Human Rights Council to recognise the right to a healthy environment as a human right.

Videos & Webinars

In the run-up to the publication of General Comment No. 26, we discussed the UN initiatives to advance the protection of children’s rights for a clean environment, their implications and perspectives.

Partners & Initiatives

Initiative for children’s environmental rights

The World Future Council is a global partner organisation of the Children’s Environmental Rights Initiative, which works to put children’s rights at the centre of environmental decision-making and action. Its overarching goal is to ensure international recognition of children’s fundamental right to a safe and healthy environment.

The National Coalition Germany – Network for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child e. V.

The National Coalition Germany has made the realisation of children’s rights its programme.


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Honorary Councillor and Co-Founders


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Samia Kassid

Samia Kassid

Senior Programme Manager

T: +49 (0) 40 3070914-0

Helena Bals

Helena Bals


T: +49 (0) 40 3070914-0