policy brief: Integrating the General Comment 26 on Children’s Rights and a Healthy Environment in the implementation of the FAO Guidelines on Small-scale Fisheries

By Elisa Morgera and Sophie Shields

“This policy brief is aimed at experts in small-scale fisheries law, governance and management. It seeks to clarify the relevance of the 2015 Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) for the realisation of children’s right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. To that end, this note explains the extent to which the SSF Guidelines already refer to children, and how these references implicitly connect with the UN General Comment No. 26 on children’s rights and the environment, with a special focus on climate change (GC26). The General Comment was adopted by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and can be relied upon to clarify the risks and opportunities to ensure the protection of children’s rights in the small-scale fisheries sector. This policy brief will focus in particularly on the substantive content of children’s human right to a healthy environment in the fisheries context, and the links to their right to education, as part of the concern enshrined in the SSF Guidelines for children’s wellbeing…”

Artwork: Margherita Brunori

Related SDGs:

  • Good health and well-being
  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequality
  • Climate action
  • Life below water