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Protecting Children from Poverty, Disaster and Climate Risks (pdf)
Published: October 2014



A symposium on linking social protection with disaster risk and climate change adaptation in East Asia and the Pacific

East Asia and the Pacific is the world’s most disaster-prone region, and too often children are the victims of the consequences of these disasters. On 22-23 May 2014, a Symposium was held in Bangkok, with support from Reed Elsevier and the UNICEF United Kingdom National Committee. It brought together government and development practitioners and researchers on social protection, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in East Asia and the Pacific to discuss and identify integrated approaches. Please find the presentations here.
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The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers: Every Child Counts (pdf)
Published:  January 2014

The report highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many. It also notes that "being counted makes children visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights." It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. 
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Multi-sectoral Approaches to Nutrition: The Case for Investment by Social protection Programmes (pdf)
Published: January 2014

Social protection programmes provide the safety net families need to be healthy and productive. But without
good nutrition from the start, the outcomes of social protection programmes are undermined. By employing nutrition-sensitive interventions, social protection programmes can maximise their impact throughout the region.

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Child Poverty in East Asia and the Pacific: Deprivations and Disparities (pdf)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

The report reveals that over 30 million children in the seven countries suffer from at least one severe deprivation. This is more acute in certain segments of the population, representing critical equity challenges.
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Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia & Pacific (pdf)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

The report summarizes key findings from the studies in Indonesia, Kiribati, Mongolia, Philippines and Vanuatu to see if there were noticeable patterns and trends of climate change and disaster impacts on children. The studies also included interviews with children and youth to assess their perspectives on climate change.
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The impacts of climate change on nutrition and migration affecting children in Indonesia (pdf)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: UNICEF Indonesia

The Indonesia study explored children’s vulnerabilities to climate change and disaster impacts, with a focus on children’s health and nutrition and migration patterns affecting children.
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Climate change impacts on children in the Pacific: A focus on Kiribati and Vanuatu (pdf)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: UNICEF Pacific

Pacific Islanders have historically managed living with extreme weather. But changing climatic conditions due to human-induced influences appear certain to change their worlds. In fact, changes are already evident.
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Children’s vulnerability and their capacity as agents for community-based adaptation in Mongolia (pdf)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: UNICEF Mongolia

The predicted effects of climate change on Mongolia include an increased frequency of extreme weather and environmental hazards, such as flash floods, droughts, dust and snowstorms, torrential rains, heat waves and wild fires as well as unfavourable changes in precipitation patterns, the shifting in ecological zones and desertification.
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The Role of Non-State Providers in Delivering Basic Social Services for Children (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF EAPRO, ADB



Recognizing the need to broaden knowledge and understanding of non-state provides and the role they can play, UNICEF and the ADB convened a workshop to discuss and analyze the broader governance context which non-state providers function and regulatory transformations needed to improve state and non-state engagement in basic service delivery.
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The differential impact on women, men and children of fiscal responses to the global economic crisis (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF East Asia & Pacific

This study examines from a gender perspective the initiatives that were included in the fiscal response packages in five Asian countries, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.  It identifies ways in which fiscal stimulus packages might have been more responsive to the different needs and situations of women and children. 
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Protecting Pacific Island children and women during economic and food crises (pdf)
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: UNDP, PasEFIC, UNICEF Pacific

This publication is intended to help national and regional partners better understand and actively respond to the impacts of the global economic crisis on some 1 million children and half a million women in the Pacific.
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Economic Crisis Hits Asia's Children Hard (pdf)
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: Asian Development Bank (ADB)



In the East Asia and the Pacific region, the impact of the various crises so far has been devastating, and years of progress in poverty alleviation, child survival, and education attainment are in peril.
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