Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge

1 April, 2021

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is organizing the Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge and invites youth aged between 16 – 24 to produce and submit a 2-5 minute video on the “impact of climate change on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation”.

Why climate change and the human rights to water and sanitation? Today, there is a general consensus that the key vector in the generation of climate change is the energy vector. However, the main vector of social impact is the water vector, as a consequence of the growing risks of droughts, heavy rainfall and river floods. As often happens, although the whole of society is and will be affected, the most impacted are and will be those already in most vulnerable situations, increasing their difficulties in accessing drinking water, causing catastrophic bankruptcies in rural economies and generating massive climatic migration phenomena.

The UN Special Rapporteur will invite the winner to join him and to speak at a side-event to Human Rights Council in September 2021. The winner will be announced in mid-June 2021.