Climate crisis

Climate crisis

Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is a threat multiplier for violence against children.

The climate crisis is one of the major global challenges of our time. We are facing a new normal of rising sea levels, devastating floods, cyclones, air pollution, global warming, and extreme weather events, among others. Yet children – who bear the least responsibility for the climate crisis – are among those hit hardest by its impacts. Around the world, 820 million (over one-third of the world’s children) are highly exposed to heatwaves, four hundred million (nearly 1 in 6) to cyclones, 330 million (1 in 7) to river flooding, 240 million (1 in 10) to coastal flooding, and 920 million (over one third) to a lack of water. A paradigm shift is needed as a matter of urgency. This must be based on the inclusion of children as part of the solution, far greater investment in their well-being, and child-sensitive climate laws and policies that are backed by adequate resources and monitoring. According to UNICEF, only 42% of all nationally determined contributions contain direct references to children or young people, only 20% contain a specific mention of children, and less than 2% mention their rights. Far more needs to be done to ensure child-sensitive responses to the climate crisis.



Initiatives taken by the office on the impact of the climate crisis on children

Annual report to the United Nations General Assembly 2022

Child-friendly version of the annual report to the UNGA 2022

Advocacy brief on the climate crisis and violence against children



Presentation of the Annual Report to the Third Committee



Webcast of the UNGA annual report briefing to children 



Webcast of the event on the climate crisis and violence against children