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Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Global responds to call by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to development

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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global has made a submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to development’s call for input for the 2024 reports on (a) Climate justice: Loss and damage; and (b) The right to development of children and future generations.

The Special Rapporteur, Professor Surya Deva, received the submission on 29 March 2024.

The submission draws attention to four overarching principles necessary for the right to development: self-determination, intersectionality, intergenerational equity, and fair distribution.

In leveraging the groundwork on climate change from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) Chapters around the globe, the submission outlines the interconnectedness and compounding impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental inequity. In particular, the adverse effects of climate change on human and non-human communities in Africa, Small Island Developing States, Indigenous peoples, and woman and girls specifically were highlighted.

Regarding the right to development of children and future generations, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global drew comparisons between the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment and the right to development wherein the fulfilment of both rights is essential for realising all other human rights.

The submission welcomed the adoption of the Maastrict Principles on The Human Rights of Future Generations as a major step towards equality among generations. Among its recommendations, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global advocates for systematic change across all levels of decision-making, youth representation supported by civic education and good governance programs, and intergenerational impact assessments.

JGI Global Expert based out of JGI Australia (and former leader of her own Roots & Shoots group) Zara Bending drafted the submission and shared the following:

“While I am proud of the content of our submission, I am equally delighted by how our Global Roots & Shoots and Advocacy teams collaborated to bring it to life. Colleagues across the world including from Argentina, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada are represented. But in addition to some time-honoured words from Dr Goodall, the real jewel in our submission is the elevation of voices from Roots & Shoots Tanzania which continues to have a special place in our global network as Tanzania was the birthplace of Roots & Shoots in 1991.”

The full submission can be viewed in this link

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