Reducing risks from climate-related disasters and helping children adapt
UNICEF is one of the world’s largest humanitarian responders to climate and weather-related disasters. But we are also on the ground before an emergency to ensure communities can withstand a crisis; and we remain afterwards to rebuild stronger systems for the long term.
For children to be protected from climate change, we need to make changes. Of course, we also need to massively reduce carbon emissions and transition to clean, sustainable energy to slow the pace of global warming. However, climate change is happening now, and we must change now. Children’s lives can’t wait until we achieve net zero.
Before disaster strikes, children need action to reduce their risk of harm. UNICEF works with governments to strengthen services and infrastructure to prepare for and reduce the impact of climate-related disasters. UNICEF helps to map vulnerability, design advanced early warning systems and build climate-proof schools and hospitals.
Children and young people around the world, supported by their communities and UNICEF, are acting to create a climate-safe world. Working together, we are finding solutions that transform our world today and tomorrow. Solutions that create a better world for every child. UNICEF amplifies children’s calls for action and supports children as empowered changemakers. We advocate for children to be at the heart of climate change actions, decisions and plans
Climate work in 70 countries
UNICEF has child-inclusive programmes that promote climate resilience in more than 70 countries. These programmes ensure the basic services that children rely on – such as water, health care and education – are resilient to the impacts of climate change. UNICEF is helping to protect schools, health centres, water and sanitation facilities, and other vital services from climate shocks. And we partner with public and private sectors to promote clean, renewable and sustainable energy solutions. Here are some examples of our work to help children adapt to the changing climate across the globe.