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Environment and climate change

Resources and tools

© UNICEF/UNI118475/Noorani
Nawab Ali, 12, washes himself with contaminated water from a concrete tank, in Dhaka District, Bangladesh. In the same tank, he makes construction-grade glue by boiling scraps of leather, which he finds among debris.

For additional information on topics related to UNICEF’s approach to environmental sustainability, please see the following resources and tools:

Strategy Documents

UNICEF Strategic Framework on Environmental Sustainability for Children 2016-2017


  • Climate Change Impacts on Children

It’s not over: El Niño’s impact on children  [French version]  [Spanish version]

Unless we act now: The impact of climate change on children

A wake-up call: El Niño's impact on children  [French version]   [Spanish version]

Children’s Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific  

Climate change impacts on children in the Pacific  A focus on Kiribati and Vanuatu

Exploring the Impact of Climate Change on Children in South Africa

No Place to Call Home: Protecting children's rights when the changing climate forces them to flee (UNICEF UK)

Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children

  • UNICEF's work in the field

Children and the Changing Climate: Taking Action to Save Lives

Cash Transfers and Climate-resilient Development: Evidence from Zambia's Child Grant Programme

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Air Pollution on Children's Health in Mongolia

  • Sustainable Energy for Children

Why Sustainable Energy Matters to Children. The critical importance of sustainable energy for children and future generations

Sustainable Energy for Children in Zimbabwe. Situational Analysis of the Energy Status of Institutions that Support Children in Five Districts of Zimbabwe

Sustainable Energy for Children in Zimbabwe - Policy Brief


  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness 


Disaster Risk Reduction and Education 

The impacts of climate change on nutrition and migration on affecting children in Indonesia

Children and Disasters: Understanding Impact and Enabling Agency 

Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula: Case Studies from Thirty Countries  

  • Climate Change and Environmental Education 

Climate Change explained

Climate Change and Environmental Education

Child-friendly Education: Transforming the lives of children affected by climate change

Climate Change Adaptation Program in Nigeria 

The benefits of a child-centred approach to climate change adaptation 

Climate Change—Take Action Now! 
A guide to supporting the local actions of children and young people, with special emphasis on girls and young women.

  • Climate Finance

The $100 billion question: How do we secure a climate-resilient future for the world’s children?

Climate proof children: Putting the child first in climate finance

Links and resources

Children in A Changing Climate
UNICEF, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision International, operating as the Children in a Changing Climate Coalition (CCC), have successfully advocated that children are key stakeholders with value to offer for local, national and global risk reduction.

The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice  
A centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten - the poor, the disempowered and the marginalized across the world.

Joint UNICEF & OECD Side Event at COP 21: Unless we act now: the impact of climate change on children
This side event examines how children are affected by climate change and how the stakes for ambitious action could not be higher. We cordially invite you to join the discussion

UN Links


UNFCCC Process and Meetings

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change






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