31 August 2023

Time to act

Time to Act: African Children in the Climate Change Spotlight This report highlights the disproportionate impact of climate change on children in Africa, a region that has contributed minimally to global carbon emissions. Drawing on data from the Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI) developed by UNICEF, the report emphasizes how children are biologically less equipped to handle the effects of shocks such as water scarcity to vector-borne diseases and flooding, to name just a few - whose frequency and intensity is increasing due to the effects of climate change. The sheds light on how African children face extraordinarily high levels of exposure and vulnerability to climate-related hazards. According to the CCRI, 39 out of 49 African countries for which CCRI data is available, fall under 'extremely high' or 'high' risk categories. In this context, new evidence show that international climate finance does not prioritize children, with only 2.4% of the multilateral climate funds (MCF) allocated to projects that are child-responsive. The report calls on relevant stakeholders to prioritize five key sets of actions: 1) Strengthen climate resilience of essential service systems to protect children and communities; 2) Allocate more domestic and international funding for child-responsive climate programs; 3) Equip children with climate education and green skills; 4) Involve children in decision-making processes; and 5) Reduce carbon emissions globally. Failure to act now, the report warns, not only exacerbates immediate risks but also threatens long-term resilience and contributes to social inequality and political instability.
14 December 2022

UNICEF-UNHCR Strategic Collaboration Framework

As the leading UN organizations working for refugees and for children, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNICEF have established a Strategic Collaboration Framework to promote the inclusion of refugees in the national systems of host countries and to bring about transformational change for refugee children and their families. The Framework is a…, Background, In 2022, for the first time, the number of forcibly displaced people globally reached 103 million . Of those, 40 million are children. Worldwide, 32 million people are refugees, including more than 12 million refugee children . And these numbers keep growing.   Refugees are often hosted in marginalized areas, where infrastructure is threadbare,…, Our vision , All refugee children deserve a fair chance in life. They should be safe from physical harm and exploitation, be living in clean and hygienic environments, be able to learn, and be able to look forward to a future where they can have the same life opportunities as other children. They deserve not only to survive, but also to thrive. , Our approach , Allowing refugees to benefit from national services and including them in national development plans is essential for both refugees and the communities hosting them, and is consistent with the pledge to “leave no one behind” in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  UNICEF UNICEF The Strategic Collaboration Framework also supports the…, Ethiopia. A brother and sister pictured on their first day of the Accelerated School Readiness (ASR) programme at a school in Afar Regional State, Ethiopia. Inclusion in national strategies, plans and budgets (SDGs 10.2, 10.3, 16.7, 16b, 17), All refugee, stateless and returnee children, their families and the communities that host them are included in national/subnational strategies and plans, systems and services without discrimination; their rights are respected, they have access to accountability mechanisms and are systematically and meaningfully engaged., Iraq. A boy sits at a desk in a tent in a camp for displaced people. Education (SDG 4) , All refugee, returnee and host community children, including children and youth of early childhood education, primary and secondary school age, girls and boys, have access to relevant, accredited quality education, focusing on inclusion into national systems; and refugee and returnee youth will have expanded access to accredited vocational…, Posters about handwashing are placed on the side of a building. Water and sanitation (SDG 6) , All refugee and returnee children, their families and the communities that host them have access to safe, dignified, affordable water and sanitation services all the time, everywhere. , Iraq. Children stand outside a tent at Baharka camp for displaced people in Erbil. Child protection (SDGs 5.3, 8.7 and 16.2) , All refugee, returnee and host community children are protected from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect; and have their birth registered. , Bangladesh. A Rohingya refugee boy sits in a UNICEF learning centre. End statelessness (SDG 16.9) , Childhood statelessness will have been brought to an end. , Bangladesh. A girl enters a UNICEF learning centre in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Social protection (SDGs 1.3 and 10.4) , Refugee and returnee children, their families and the communities that host them have more equitable and full access to social protection, as a result of technical support to governments, international and local organizations working across the humanitarian, development and peace sectors. , Data, The availability, accessibility and quality of comparable, reliable, timely and age, gender and diversity-disaggregated data on the situation of refugee and returnee children, their families and the communities that host them has improved, to enable the necessary evidence base for transforming the quality of life for these populations.  UNICEF and…