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Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific

Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). November 2011
  • This report provides an overview of the climate change trends and potential impacts on children in East Asia and the Pacific that appeared in studies covering five countries that were commissioned by UNICEF. The country studies highlight children's specific vulnerability to climate change that needs to be taken into account in policy development. Children noted a range of experiences ranging from livelihood insecurity in Mongolia to threats of sea level rising in the Pacific Islands to massive flooding of their neighbourhoods in the Philippines and crop failures in Indonesia. The scientific research indicates that existing vulnerabilities will likely be exacerbated by continued climate change. Involving children in the design of policy and designing climate change policies with children's rights in mind are essential to creating policies that do not have unintended negative consequences. More specifically, Chapter 3.3. addresses the issue of 'Increased risk of water scarcity' and Chapter 3.4. the issue of 'Transmission of waterborne and food-borne diseases'.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Children, Climate change, Floods, Health, Water scarcity
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Policy makers, Project managers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy
  • Type of resource: Impact study, Research study
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Published in 2015