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Child Rights, Water, and Human Security

Ross Pink
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

In "Child rights, right to water and sanitation, and human security," Ross Pink explores how child rights, water scarcity and water sanitation are connected to human security. He applies the human security paradigm as a legal and humanitarian foundation for extending child rights to water and sanitation.

ABSTRACT: The article explores the intersection between child rights, water scarcity, sanitation, and the human security paradigm. The recognition of child rights has been advanced through the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international legal instruments, while water rights are increasingly affirmed in international law and through the historic July 2010 United Nations General Assembly resolution that strengthened the legal foundation for water security and human rights. Yet there remains a development gap in terms of child access to clean and secure water sources for basic human development needs. The human security paradigm provides a legal and humanitarian foundation for the extension of child rights related to water and sanitation.


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