14 May 2024

Climate Action for All

Climate Change and Children’s Rights, Climate change is an increasingly significant threat to children's rights and jeopardizes the progress made to improve their lives. Children and those in poorer communities especially are extremely vulnerable due to their physiology and exposure to climate hazards. Children in East Asia and the Pacific face challenges from environmental…, The challenge, Impact: The region faces multiple climate and environmental shocks, affecting 89 per cent of its children with three or more types of shocks. Exposure: Millions of children are highly exposed to water scarcity, coastal flooding, cyclones, and air pollution. More frequent events: The number of extreme weather events has increased significantly over…, The solution, The Climate Action for All initiative aims to protect children and communities from climate impacts by enhancing climate-resilient services across key sectors like water, sanitation, health, nutrition, education, and social protection., Access to Renewable Energy 1. Access to Renewable Energy, Promoting renewable energy use in social services and aiming for low-carbon development., Climate-Smart WASH services 2. Climate-Smart WASH Services, Developing resilient infrastructure for communities, schools, and healthcare facilities, and expanding , Climate-Smart Health Services 3. Climate-Smart Health Services, Monitoring environmental health risks, integrating prevention and treatment strategies into healthcare, and reducing the environmental footprint of healthcare facilities., Climate-Smart Nutrition Services 4. Climate-Smart Nutrition Services, Screening children’s nutritional status in high-risk areas, integrating prevention and treatment strategies, and developing resilient food systems., Climate-Smart Social Protection 6. Climate-Smart Social Protection, Designing cash transfers linked to climate hazards and improving the responsiveness of social protection systems to climate-related events., Climate Information and Early Warning Systems 8. Climate Information and Early Warning Systems, Developing systems to provide communities with timely information on climate hazards and ensuring effective communication for at-risk populations., Youth Engagement on Climate and Environment 9. Youth Engagement on Climate and Environment, Empowering young people to become agents of change in their communities and establishing frameworks for children and young people to claim their environmental rights., Cross-cutting Interventions 10. Cross-cutting Interventions, Integrating children’s needs into climate change policies, finance, and interventions through empowerment and participation of children and adolescents in climate actions., Our Approach, Children in East Asia and the Pacific face numerous climate and environmental challenges. The Climate Action for All initiative by UNICEF offers climate-smart solutions to these issues. This video highlights our efforts to enhance climate-resilient and green/low-carbon services across sectors such as water, sanitation, health, nutrition, education…, Anticipated Benefits, Our programme is expected to bring substantial and Catalog of initiative from UNICEF country offices in the East Asia and the Pacific measurable climate benefits , including a projected reduction of 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 15 years. This will be achieved through initiatives like solarizing WASH facilities, healthcare…, 2030 Vision, Our long-term vision for 2030 involves Financial mobilization plan significant scaling up at national and regional levels, empowering communities to lead the way towards a climate-resilient future for themselves and their children., Commitment to Action, Through Climate Action for All , UNICEF is committed to addressing the climate and environmental crisis by Strategic solution to climate challenges implementing systemic solutions in collaboration with public and private partners, civil society, and children and youth. 
19 April 2024

Safer, greener schools for every child:

In East Asia and Pacific, UNICEF is among the leading agencies when it comes to implementation and advocacy in the area of education. This includes ensuring that every child can enjoy safer and greener schools.Children in East Asia and the Pacific are facing unprecedented threats from climate change and continue to be exposed to natural disasters, epidemics, violence and conflict. Schools should be safe learning spaces where children are protected from all risks and all hazards. UNICEF is committed to working with stakeholders in the education sector to invest in climate-smart, disaster-resilient education in the region.This advocacy brief showcases UNICEF’s key priorities and efforts in ensuring that children and young people are put at the centre of national and regional plans to reduce the risks to schools and build resilience to disasters, climate impacts and humanitarian crises.UNICEF calls on all national governments to take bold and urgent action to: promote the Comprehensive School Safety Framework; prioritize school safety; protect children; plan for education continuity; and partner with children and young people. UNICEF also calls on donors and partners to prioritize safe schools for every child in East Asia and the Pacific by: scaling up and accelerating investment in national and regional strategies to advance comprehensive school safety; collaborating and sharing knowledge and technical expertise for comprehensive school safety programming and systems design; and supporting partners and civil society in working on comprehensive school safety.
08 April 2024

Heat wave safety tips

Heat waves are anything but fun in the sun. Extreme heat and humidity can be extremely uncomfortable and pose serious health risks, especially for infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Without taking the proper precautions, extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and even worse, fatality. As a result of climate change, heat waves are…, Heat wave facts, Heatwave facts: A girl stands under the hot sun What is a heat wave?  Heat waves happen when the temperature is higher than normal for several days in a row. Humidity can cause it to feel much hotter. What causes a heat wave?  Heat waves result from warm air being trapped in the atmosphere and are a natural weather phenomenon. Heat waves are…, What to do in a heat wave, How to prepare for a heatwave: A girl stands next to a fan Be prepared Know how hot and humid it is going to get today, this week and this month to help plan outside activities. Keep an emergency kit at home that contains oral rehydration salt (ORS) packets, a thermometer, water bottles, towels or cloths to wet for cooling, a handheld fan or…, Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, How to recognize symptoms of heatstroke: A girl looks confused as a caregiver supports her Severe symptoms of heat stress require urgent care.  If a family member is presenting any of the severe symptoms below you should call for an ambulance or arrange for another form of transport to a health facility immediately. Trust your instincts and don’t…, Symptoms of heat-related illness, Milder symptoms - treat at home Severe symptoms – take to hospital immediately General Dry lips/sticky mouth Excessive thirst Excessive sweating Weakness /dizziness Nausea/vomiting Small blisters/rashes Heat rashes Mild fever Nosebleeds Cramps, usually in arms and legs Confusion/not responding clearly /seizures/coma/not waking up (MOST SEVERE)…, How to treat heatstroke and heat-related illnesses, How to treat heat related illness: A girl lies on the floor while a caregiver provides water Take the following steps to help your loved one cool, rehydrate and recover:, 1. Cool and rush to health facility if severe, If a family member is experiencing severe symptoms of heat-related illnesses, it is important to cool first and transport second.   Help the person sit or lie down in a cool shaded area with good ventilation. Close curtains to create more shade. Turn on a fan or air conditioner if available. Apply wet towels to the skin at head, neck, armpits and…, 2. Reduce temperature, Move the person into a cool area if not done so already. Close curtains to create more shade. Turn on a fan or air conditioner if available.    Apply wet towels or cool water to the body, particularly at head, neck, armpits and groin. Keep changing the towels or dipping them in cool water every few minutes to provide cool water for the body. If…, 3. Rehydrate, Infants under six months: Breastfeed to rehydrate the infant. Encourage mother to also drink more water, especially if breastfeeding.  Older infants and children: Given your infant or child water in small amounts to help them become used to it.  If the child has sweated a lot or is sweating a lot, add some Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) to the water…, Heatwaves in East Asia and the Pacific, Across East Asia and Pacific, around  243 million children  are exposed to hotter and longer heatwaves, putting them at risk of a multitude of heat-related illnesses, and even death. Heatwaves are made more deadly by high humidity levels that hinder the body's natural cooling mechanisms. It is estimated that between 2000 and 2019, more than 1…