Protecting Children’s Right to a Healthy Food Environment

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As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the progress made in recognizing children’s rights, we must also reflect on the unfinished agenda and emphasize the continuing obligations of governments to guarantee special safeguards for children, specific to their needs and vulnerabilities. The lives of millions of children have improved because of the important protections from discrimination, violence and neglect enshrined within the CRC and its Optional Protocols. The CRC is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, inspiring governments around the world to change laws and policies and make investments to protect, respect and fulfil children’s rights. Against this backdrop, this advocacy brief explores how a child rights-based approach can and should be used to create and safeguard food environments that better enable healthy diets for children and contribute to the fulfilment of the fundamental right to healthy food and adequate nutrition, to which all children are entitled.

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