Published: 23 Mar 2021

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is hosting the fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge, inviting young people (16-24 years old) to produce a video on the impact of climate change on the human rights to drinking water and sanitation.

About the Challenge

The water and sanitation sector is in need of new ideas on how to raise awareness that access to water and sanitation are human rights. Youth, with their creativity and different ways of thinking and expressing, can contribute to bringing innovation to this sector and advancing a much needed paradigm shift from the traditional focus on infrastructure, technology and finance to one with people at the centre. In order to involve and to hear from youth in this paradigm shift, the series of Human Rights Youth Challenge, organized by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, is an opportunity for youth to show knowledge, understanding and passion about the human rights to water and sanitation by creating original content.

This year, on the World Water Day (22 March 2021), the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation – together with the Permanent Mission of Spain, the Permanent Mission of Germany, UNESCO-IHP, UNEP , UN-Water and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Mr. David Boyd – invites youth aged between 16 to 24 to produce a video on “the impact of climate change on the human rights to drinking water and sanitation”.

Submissions are welcomed in English, French or Spanish, by 31 May 2021. The winner will be announced in mid-June 2021. 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.