Climate landscape analysis for children in Armenia
Climate change, environment degradation and access to clean, affordable energy threaten children’s well-being, survival and access to quality essential services.
Climate change and environmental degradation undermine children’s rights around the world. UNICEF Armenia together with UNICEF Headquarters have prepared this “Climate Landscape Analysis for Children” report. It provides the essential baseline information on climate, environment and energy issues affecting children and provides recommendations to the CO on stepping up their work on the most important issues and opportunities in this area. Below follows a brief overview of the main findings and recommendations.
Climate change, environment degradation and access to clean, affordable energy threaten children’s well-being, survival and access to quality essential services across Armenia. Already many children in Armenia are exposed to conditions that impact their basic rights to safe and sufficient food, a clean and healthy living environment, care and protection, and a quality education. All of these conditions undermine the country’s progress towards meeting its own national development ambitions as well as the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing the linkages between CEE-threats and health, nutrition, poverty, education and child protection are therefore essential for protecting development gains and achieving development goals as set out in the SDGs.
Despite substantial Government and donor targeting of increased energy efficiency in buildings and promotion of renewable and clean energy technologies, very little is known about the existing baseline risk of indoor air pollution in Armenia or its impacts on children’s health. Without better knowledge of the current situation it will be difficult for Climate, environment and energy investments to target funding and efforts towards reducing risk to children’s health, or to measure improvements above the baseline.
Read the full report for more detailed information.