Championing children and young people with disabilities in navigating the triple planetary crisis

Key areas for action on climate, the environment, sustainable energy and disaster risk reduction.


UNICEF’s mandate is to uphold the rights of all children, focusing on those left furthest behind. This means working to ensure that the most marginalized and vulnerable children can enjoy their rights and have a fair chance to realize their full potential, including children and young people with disabilities.

This brief describes how children, young people and adults with disabilities are disproportionately affected during and after disasters, which are becoming more frequent and destructive. It also highlights the role UNICEF and children and young people with disabilities play in their right to live in a safe and clean environment, to be secure and protected, and to participate in decision-making.

Students with disabilities pose for a picture