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. 
26 April 2022

Promoting Healthy Environments for Children By Using Indicators

Unhealthy environments have been linked to a range of significant health risks to children, including premature birth, stillbirth, increased lifelong risk for brain and behavioral problems, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancers, dysfunction of hormonal and reproductive systems, and more. Globally, more than 1 in 4 childhood deaths under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments—a statistic that will continue to rise as climate change magnifies the world’s most important environmental risk factors. While environmental health risk factors are clearly leading causes of child illness and death in Asia, country-specific, systematic data needed to develop approaches to improving children’s health and reducing, minimizing, and preventing environmental risk factors is often lacking. Children’s Environmental Health Indicators can fill the data and knowledge gap in children’s environmental health. Indicators can enable tracking, assessment and reporting on the status and impacts of the climate and the environment on children’s health as well as the evaluation of environmental interventions and policies. In line with the pilot implementation of Children’s Environmental Health Indicators in China and Myanmar, Vital Strategies in partnership with UNICEF has developed a technical brief ‘Promoting Healthy Environments for Children by Using Indicators’ to support governments, academia, and civil society in developing a tracking system for children’s environmental health indicators in their own countries. The brief was developed in line with our work on Children’s Environmental Health Indicators in China and Myanmar.
08 October 2021

Children’s Rights to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment in the ASEAN Region

Children and youth are key agents of change in tackling the climate and environmental crisis, which risks undoing decades of progress fighting for children’s basic rights. Although they are often not given space to participate in making decisions about their environment, children and youth are increasingly raising their voices because they understand that environmental emergencies are issues of intergenerational justice. The needs and priorities of children and youth cannot be ignored in an inclusive approach to addressing the climate and environmental crisis. Children, especially from the most vulnerable and marginalized backgrounds, are more exposed to and disproportionately impacted by all kinds of environmental harm than any other group, despite being the least responsible for it. Almost every child on earth is exposed to at least one form of climate and environmental hazard, shock or stress, affecting their ability to realise to the fullest the rights guaranteed to them. The climate crisis and biodiversity loss are threats that will transform childhood and jeopardize a sustainable future for children and future generations globally. It is vital for children to realise their rights to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. This document sets out fundamental principles for realizing children’s rights to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and for putting the best interests of children at the center of initiatives by all segments of society in Southeast Asia. It was developed through a consultative process with experts in the fields of child rights and environmental issues, including children and youth from across the region. The document provides essential policy guidance for governments, civil society, businesses, the media, and children to implement the principles. The Principles and Policy Guidance on Children’s Rights to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment in the ASEAN Region is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights).  
21 July 2020

#NotGoingBack: Recover, Rebound, Reimagine

The world as we know it has changed., In the space of just a few months, COVID-19 has unleashed itself with alarming speed, leaving no continent or country untouched. In East Asia and the Pacific, home to 2.2 billion people, COVID-19 has further pummelled families already struggling to put food on the table and educate their children. It has turned upside down the lives of those who…, What will that world look like?, Our COVID-19 blueprint for action: Recover, Rebound and Reimagine , may help shape the answer. It argues that we shouldn't simply be using this moment to roll back to what was. We must be bold and reimagine what a better future could be like for every child., Please join us. Let’s unite in our efforts to recover, rebound, and reimagine a stronger future for every child., Karin Hulshof, Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia & Pacific, #NotGoingBack, Recover, Rebound, Reimagine, Report cover   UNICEF predicts that an additional 22 million children in Southeast Asia and the Pacific could fall into poverty in 2020 because of the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. It is up to all of us to ensure that the hard-won gains achieved for children in the areas of health, education and protection are not only defended, but built…, The impacts of COVID-19 on children & families, What would you leave behind?, https://www.instagram.com/p/CD_d-6TJdio/ Join us and Siwon Choi by sharing your messages online, using #NotGoingBack, to tell the world what you want to leave behind.  Use our stickers by searching 'notgoingback' and tag us!       Special thanks to  Indochina Starfish Foundation and Aide et Action .