Applications are open for the UN OHCHR Third Human Rights Youth Challenge 2020. The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is organizing the Third Human Rights Youth Challenge and invites youth aged between 18 to 23 years to create an original submission and youth aged between 24 and 32 years to submit a 2000 word essay on “privatization and the human rights to water and sanitation”.
The Special Rapporteur is looking for submission that examines the involvement of the private sector – namely: businesses in the water and sanitation sector, from a human rights perspective.
- The winner will be invited to join the Special Rapporteur at a side-event of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, September 2020.
- Open to youth aged 15 to 32 from around the world.
- Participants aged between 24 and 32 will be required to submit an essay as their submission.
- Youth below age 24 are free to submit any format of their choice, following the format from first two youth challenges.
- 15 – 23 year olds can show their knowledge, understanding and passion about the human rights to water and sanitation by creating an original submission about the human rights to water and sanitation and uploading it to a social media network (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter).
- 24 – 32 years olds: The submission will be in a form of an essay focusing on one case study. Participants are free to choose a case, which focuses on various forms and models of private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector and analyse gaps in human rights protection and impact on the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation.
- Length of essay: 2,000 words in word document (including footnotes, page numbers, heading)
- Language: English, Spanish and French
Deadline: April 30, 2020
How to Apply
- Share your submission via social media channels where the UN Special Rapporteur has accounts (@UNSRwatsan on Instagram, @SRwatsan on Facebook and Twitter).
- Mark the social media update by including the hashtag #Youth4watsan and tagging the Special Rapporteur’s account
- Submit a link to your social media update to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Submission for 3rd Human RIghts Challenge”
For more information, visit UN OHCHR.