Unicef calling on the public and private sector to work harder to fight climate change it says the youth in the east and southern africa are most at risk of its impacts unicef’s water sanitation and hygiene.
The climate crisis risk index particularly focusing on young children 2021 has really been an important year in terms of our understanding of the impacts of climate and particularly the impacts of climate on children and acknowledging that really the climate crisis is a child rights crisis earlier this month we saw of course the ipcc sixth report which came out which was alarming and indicated that the world is warming very quickly and by 2030 it’s likely that we’re going to reach the 2 degrees centigrade that we thought we were going to reach by by 2040 or 2045.
So in response to this unicef has developed a global report which is mentioned is the unicef children’s climate risk index the ccri and this is really the first attempt by unicef to estimate how many children around the world are exposed to several climate and environmental hazards shocks and stresses. equally concerning is that it seems that the figures are more likely to get worse as the impacts of climate change continue to accelerate right that’s right the ccri report really is an attempt to combine sort of two factors.
One is the exposure of children to climate and environmental hazards and the second is really child vulnerability and of course within our region.
that’s particularly pertinent and the report shows that almost every child more than 99 of children around the world on this earth are exposed to at least one climate or environmental hazards daily but it also shows that 850 million so about one third of children that live in countries around the world are exposed to more than four of these climate hazards.
The responsibility for responding to to these challenges is is is for all of us and particularly children are and youth are voicing their concerns around climate and as unicef as a child rights organization we see that there’s a desperate need for us to to respond to this9 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the top 10 countries. The world and those really are those at risk of all of these climatic conditions really need to do to do as unicef is help respond that we as a society respond to these challenges and the first thing that is critical to this is to reorientate the the global climate finance and make sure that more finance is being adapted to to to climate programming as opposed to just climate mitigation programming and ensure that things for children or programming for children are more practical.