UNICEF’s Programmes Worldwide – Environment and Climate Change
Globally, natural disasters are occurring almost five times as frequently as 40 years ago. The increase in frequency and ferocity of extreme weather events such as cyclones, heatwaves, droughts and floods will continue to threaten children’s lives and health over the coming decades.
Severe weather events can destroy or disrupt infrastructure critical to children’s well-being, including schools and health facilities. Floods compromise the water and sanitation system, leading to outbreak of infectious diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, to which children are particularly vulnerable. Droughts and changing global rainfall patterns are leading to crop failures and rising food prices, which for the poor mean food insecurity and nutritional deprivations that can have lifelong impacts.
Climate change makes existing inequities even worse. Children and families already disadvantaged by poverty are likely to face some of the most immediate dangers of climate change.
UNICEF’s actions are structured around the following approaches:
1. Protecting children from the impact of climate change and environmental degradation
– UNICEF supports government initiatives on developing and strengthening climate-smart water, sanitation and hygiene services, sustainable energy and disaster risk response in schools and health centres. This not only improve children’s resilience to future climate and environmental shocks, but also helps prevent greater inequality as a result of climate change.
Children deserve to live in a world free from the life-threatening effects of climate change.
Protecting the future of children and keeping them safe at the moment can go hand in-hand. From life-saving medicines to clean drinking water, you can make actionable and measurable results for children. Please make a donation today to safeguard the poorest and most vulnerable ones.
2. Making children the centre of climate change strategies and response plans
– UNICEF works with governments to examine current climate policies and disaster response plans to ascertain how child-sensitive they are and provide recommendations on how to strengthen the focus on children’s rights.
– UNICEF works with young people to elevate their voices through creative platforms, advocacy and participation at major United Nations summits.
– Children are encouraged to become advocates through promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles and setting an example for their communities.