UNICEF DRR in Action: Every country protected; every child resilient

Child-centred disaster risk reduction builds resilient communities and societies

Girl in Beira, Mozambique, in rising water.
2021 UNICEF/UN0403958/Ricardo Franco


The increasing frequency and severity of disaster events — exacerbated by an accelerating climate crisis, environmental degradation and lagging risk governance systems — means that children and young people need immediate action to build resilience.  

In response, UNICEF and its partners are committed to integrating child-centred DRR (CCDRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) into development and humanitarian efforts through a multisectoral, systems-strengthening approach. This includes in the areas of social protection, education, health, mental health and psychosocial support, nutrition, child protection and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH).

The Every country protected; every child resilient report showcases UNICEF’s efforts in ensuring child-sensitive programming is incorporated in DRR and CCA plans, protocols and policies; providing technical expertise to government leaders and line ministries on multiple hazards (including in fragile and risk-prone contexts); promoting age- and gender-disaggregated research to inform decisions; and supporting children and young people to participate and lead in reducing risk at home, school and in their communities.

Girl in Beira, Mozambique, in rising water.
UNICEF Climate, Environment, Energy and Disaster Risk Reduction

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