UNICEF and the Lao Women's Union Collaborate to Empower Children and Address Climate Change on International Children's Day
This year on International Children’s Day, Lao PDR is advocating and raising greater awareness on the most pressing issues faced by children.
Savannakhet, 1 June 2023 – On the occasion of International Children’s Day, the Government of Lao PDR, UNICEF, Child Fund Laos and more than 1000 children from 20 different local primary and secondary schools gathered to celebrate the international day in Outhumphone district this year. This year's celebration revolves around the theme of "Investing in Our Future means Investing in Our Children ," highlighting the crucial role of children in addressing the issues that they themselves face, including those relating to climate change and fostering sustainable practices.
The collaboration aims to raise awareness about the pressing challenges posed by climate change while empowering children and young people to become catalysts of change in creating a sustainable future. By emphasizing the intersection of climate issues and the well-being of children, the event underscores the need for collective action to protect the environment.
“Children have a vital role in shaping a sustainable future” emphasized H.E. Dr. Inlavanh Keobounphanh, President of the Lao Women’s Union and Vice President of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women Mothers and Children (NCAWMC). She also commended the collaborative efforts between the Lao Women's Union and UNICEF in promoting climate action and expressed gratitude for UNICEF's unwavering commitment to children while reaffirming the Lao Women's Union's dedication to empowering children and creating an environment where they can thrive amidst climate change.
"As we celebrate International Children's Day 2023, ChildFund in Laos is fully committed to ensuring every child in Laos has the rights and opportunities to reach their full potential. We believe that every child deserves access to quality education, healthcare and a safe environment. Together, let us create a brighter future for the children of Laos," stated Mr. Vilasai Thammavong, Country Director of ChildFund in Laos, the Representative Office of ChildFund Australia.
Dr. Pia Britto, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR, also addressed the audience, emphasizing the significance of working hand-in-hand to safeguard the environment and ensure a sustainable future for children. Dr. Britto's remarks shed light on the urgent need for proactive measures to combat climate change, urging all stakeholders to join forces in creating a greener and more resilient world for the younger generation.
The choice to celebrate International Children's Day alongside Tree Planting Day is deliberate, as it symbolizes the importance of nurturing our natural surroundings and empowering children as agents of positive change in the face of climate challenges.
UNICEF reiterated its commitment to working in partnership with the Lao government to address climate change. Recognizing the government's dedication to creating a sustainable future and safeguarding children's well-being, UNICEF pledged support in strengthening community resilience, promoting sustainable practices, and empowering children as climate advocates. Leveraging its expertise, resources, and global network, UNICEF aims to contribute to a future where children are equipped to lead the charge for positive environmental change.
The collaborative event serves as a testament to the incredible potential of children, the importance of environmental conservation, and our shared responsibility in securing their future. Through engaging activities and raising awareness about climate change, UNICEF and the Lao Women's Union aim to inspire lasting change and create a more sustainable and resilient world for all.
In celebration of International Children's Day 2023, the Lao Women's Union also set up a booth to further promote awareness about providing nurturing care for children under the "Love and Care for Every Child" initiative, including topics related to maintaining hygiene and vaccination among others.
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