With children constituting nearly one-third of Viet Nam’s population, higher intensity natural disasters and climate change are having dramatic impacts on their wellbeing and potential. Children are most affected by natural disasters due to their physical and psychosocial vulnerability, disruption of services essential for their development, their high-dependency on parents and other caregivers, limited voice and representation.
“Children need support to influence their futures, claim their rights and voice their concerns at local, national, regional and international levels.”
Children’s role as agents of change to mitigate the impact of climate change is increasingly important. Despite Viet Nam’s impressive economic achievements and a rapid reduction in poverty within the past three decades, increasingly severe weather events and natural hazards have the potential to jeopardize hard-earned development gains - leaving children and women most at risk. While Viet Nam has a growing capacity to respond to rapid onset emergencies, major systemic gaps remain and span key sectors, including child protection, education, nutrition, water and sanitation.