Children need urgent action on climate change

It's within the power of world leaders and partners to change the trajectory of children’s futures.

Children playing football in Southern Bangladesh in the area that is still suffering from the devastating impact of the severe Fani cyclone.
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The climate crisis is a child rights crisis – jeopardizing every child’s fundamental right to a clean, safe and healthy environment. And 1 billion children - nearly half of the world's 2.2 billion children - face extreme risks to their ability to survive, grow and thrive.

Climate change is decimating the very foundations of what it means to be a child. Far too many children who experience climate and environmental shocks or stresses must contend with unimaginable threats. These risks imperil development gains for children over the years and deepen the inequities they face around the globe.

Despite the stark realities, the fate of the world’s children is not preordained. It is completely within the power of world leaders and partners to change the trajectory of children’s futures.

To immediately save and protect lives, we need to act now to prevent climate change’s worst impacts on children and build the resilience of every child and young person. There are clear, practical solutions that work and irrefutable evidence of the returns on investment.

UNICEF is urgently calling on all partners - including governments, the private sector and civil society - to join us in a global movement to ensure that society’s most vulnerable victims – its children – are at the centre of the response.

10 years old girls Fatima Dakhil and Maryam Fadhil are celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child in Mahdi Al-Attar Primary School.
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