2021 UN OHCHR Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge

Deadline: May 31, 2021.

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.


  1. Youth aged between 16 – 24
  2. Applicant can be from any part of the world
  3. Any language with subtitles in English, French, or Spanish).


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.


Produce and submit a 2-3 minute video on the “impact of climate change on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation” and Mark the video by including the hashtag #Youth4Watsan and tagging the Special Rapporteur’s social media account.


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