Best Practices on Youth Volunteer Engagement in Disaster Response and Action on Climate Change

This publication summarizes some of the best practice shared by Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Japan

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In February 2024, more than 50 UNICEF volunteers from Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan and Serbia attended a conference devoted to emergency
preparedness and response. The conference also included presentations from
volunteers and students from Japan. The participants discussed the role of
volunteers in managing disaster risks and responding to such situations. The event was organized as part of a project to improve the safety of schools funded by the Government of Japan.

This publication summarizes some of the best practice shared by the countries
that took part in the conference. It includes case studies from activities in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia, as well as information from Japan about how youth volunteers have engaged in disaster response and action on climate change. This publication was developed and designed with a financial support provided by the Government of Japan and UNICEF.

In Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF’s Project on Enhancing Resilience of Children to Climate and Disaster Risks generously supported by the Government of Japan, plays a pivotal role in empowering the most vulnerable communities by not only promoting safe schools but by teaching life skills to children on how to reduce risks, prepare and empower children to cope with and find solutions to the effects of climate change and disasters in their own lives and in their communities.

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