16 November 2022

Youth in climate change action: Bringing young people to the decision-making table

Context, UNICEF Serbia’s country programme 2021-2025, aligned with the national development priorities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, draws particular attention to adolescents and youth. Steps must be taken towards ensuring that all adolescent girls and boys in Serbia, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized…, Why climate change?, Climate change and environmental degradation is a context-specific issue that threatens countries’ ecosystems and the well-being of populations. It is also an equity issue; it does not manifest the same way in every region, nor does it impact every individual equally. Young people are among the most affected population groups [2] . UNICEF Serbia…, What do young people think about the problem?, Young people tend to be more engaged into decision-making processes if they are aware of the problem and the role which they can play in solving it. To support young people in Serbia to take climate action through their meaningful participation in national dialogues and processes as opportunities to influences decision making processes, such as…, Support mechanisms, The consultations and the U-Report fundings clearly indicate that there is an urgent need to involve young people in the decision-making processes at the local and national level, raise their awareness and develop strong cases of their participation in Serbia’s green agenda as envisioned in the UN Youth Strategy   The consultations and the U-…, Youth networks are tackling the problem, According to the UN Youth Agenda, young people must be given responsibility to lead initiatives and connect to decision-makers. UNICEF has been building networks of young activists and non-profit organisations for environment to reach out to various actors. Its key Youth4Air network established earlier in 2022 is an association of youth…, Youth as an important partner to consult, On the margins of the Declaration development, young people have become a powerful actor in shaping the Government’s approach to the revision of policies. UNICEF has ensured the participation of over 75 young people at the National Stockholm+50 Consultations at the Palace of Serbia and the National Stockholm Consultations for Youth in April and…, Education and skill building for young people in Serbia, As the abovementioned U-Report findings show, young people are not capacitated well enough in terms of protecting themselves from climate change effects and contributing to reducing them. Serbia lacks youth-friendly materials and non-formal activities to equip young people nationally with a solid understanding of the green agenda. UNICEF sees this…, Social networks are the way to go, To reach young people at a scale, UNICEF will develop educational videos on the effects of air pollution, how to measure it, interpret the data, protect themselves and other relevant topics. To ensure that the videos are youth friendly, age-appropriate and consider the needs of the target group, UNICEF and the production company have established a…, Conclusions, These are both global and local findings that climate change affects every young person, while youth themselves state that they know too little about national and international law, and regulations on it, and how they can contribute to better living conditions. . UNICEF Serbia has placed young people in the center of the climate change agenda,…
11 August 2022

Parental Guide for a Very Hot Summer

Climate Change and Children Heat waves and children's health Parental guide Heatstroke in children How to protect children? Symptoms of a heatrstroke in children What to do in the event of a heatstroke in children of all ages? Heatstroke in children staying in a heated car, Climate Change and Children, Human activity and the emission of the greenhouse gases into the atmosphere have already left a visible trace on our planet’s climate. The average temperature has risen by around  1.1 °C in the last 100 years, and each of the last four decades had been successively warmer than any decade preceding them, since 1850. Even though they occurred in the…, Heat Waves and Children's Health, voda levo UNICEF Srbija/2022/Pančić More than one third of all children in the world today (820 millions of children) are directly exposed to heat waves. It is envisaged for the situation to further deteriorate as the global average temperature would increase, and the weather patterns become more and more volatile. Summer is the period of the…, Parental Guide for a Very Hot Summer, This guide was developed by UNICEF and the Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut" with the support from the Serbian Ministry of Health, Heatstroke in Children, Heatstroke occurs due to long stays outside during high temperatures, and as a consequence of a direct exposure to sunshine, as well as a consequence of staying in an enclosed space, due to damp and overheated air, i.e. in public transport, an automobile, or an overheated apartment.   Even though a parent may feel comfortable at a certain…, How To Protect Children?, Newborns, infants, and toddlers should be taken out early in the morning and later in the afternoon. It is not advisable to take young children out during the hottest period of the day, from 10AM to 5PM. The child should be dressed in loose-fitting clothes made of natural materials (cotton, linen), with his/her head covered with an obligatory…, Symptoms of a Heatstroke in Children, Heatstroke may be announced with the specific set of symptoms, resembling a virus infection. Before the symptoms of heatstroke are manifested, children often manifest milder signs of heat exhaustion, such as headache, nausea, dizziness and ear-buzzing. The main symptom of heatstroke is the increase in body temperature due to fast and excessive…, What to do in the event of a heatstroke in chidren of all ages?, Call ambulance/doctor immediately if you suspect that the child had a heatstroke. Until the professional help arrives, immediately move the child to shade, or take him/her out of the overheated room, automobile, or other vehicle. If possible, place the child into an adequately air-conditioned, or darkened, well-aired room.  Make the child…, Never leave your child in a heated car - not even for a couple of minutes, An especially dangerous situation for children during the summer is even a short stay in a car. A child’s bodily temperature rises three to five times faster than in adults. The temperature in a vehicle may increase by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. When the child is left in a vehicle during the hot summer days, his/her bodily temperature is quick…
08 October 2021

Climate landscape analysis and its impacts on children in Serbia

Publication “Climate landscape analysis and its impacts on children in Serbia” was created with the aim of shedding light on the key impacts of the climate situation on children, especially those facing inequalities, and to see what effects the lack of current financial allocations in this area will have on children's rights in the future. This report indicates possible courses of action for both the public and private sectors and consists of four chapters. The first chapter focuses on two underexplored, yet critical, areas: the impacts of CE on children, and how existing inequalities affect these impacts to children, within the Serbian context. Two subsequent chapters focus on the current state of public sector engagement, as well as private sector and international financers engagement on these Climate change and environmental degradation (CE) topics, respectively. The final chapter summarizes findings, remaining gaps, and provides evidence-based recommendations in addressing the critical CE topics in Serbia. Using the findings from chapters 1, 2 and 3, the final chapter also highlights relevant opportunities to improve alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The findings and recommendations included in this publication can help to shape Serbia’s current policy agenda (including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) on CE topics by informing data collection processes, national and local policies, expenditure and programming related to CE and children. The research will also be complementary to ongoing regional and global research by international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the UN, on the topic of climate and environment impacts on children’s health.