Greta Thunberg takes up complaint with the UN against Argentina, Brazil and Germany


The activist climate Swedish Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people urged the UN Tuesday to accept your claim standing against five countries, who, they say, have not been able to protect children from the risk of imminent and foreseeable for your health and well-being.

Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey have been accused of ‘ breaching its obligations under the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, to promote fossil fuels and do not control the emissions of greenhouse gases for decades, despite knowing the risks of climate change,’ the group said in a press release.

With the demand, Thunberg and his fellow activists stepped up a confrontation with the five countries that emerged out of a lawsuit that was formally introduced to the UN in September 2019.

The group focused on these countries, as they are the major polluters climate of the 45 nations that have adopted an optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The complaint 2019 alleges that the countries knew about the negative impact on the environment of carbon emissions and did nothing to prevent it.

Children face ‘death and disease’

Thunberg joined the demand by the petitioners between the ages of eight and 17 years old, from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Nigeria, south Africa, Sweden, Tunisia and the united States.

“Children are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change because, as set forth in the countdown to The Lancet, face increased death and disease for global warming”, said the activists.

Three countries, Brazil, France, and Germany, responded to the demand, according to the press release, arguing that the claims against him were “unfounded”, that the complaint was “inadmissible in the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the UN”, and that ‘ the climate crisis is so global that no isolated State has responsibility. ‘

Greta Thunberg and the generational struggle

The activists rejected the objections. “No State that acting in the best interest of the child would impose the devastating charge of climate policies, weak to the young generations and future, as they have done these five countries”, said Thunberg, and the group.

The activists pointed out that Brazil, France and Germany ‘ are not doing their part to meet the more ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement of 2015 -to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees-despite the scientific consensus that shows that this path is the minimum necessary to prevent threats to irreversible human rights ‘.

In addition, they argued that these countries were still taking measures to accelerate climate change rather than mitigate it, as is the subsidizing of fossil fuels.