The document explores the potential impact of climate change and natural disasters on children’s health, nutrition, protection and education. The report also raises concerns about how vulnerable households will cope and adapt to these changes, and what this might mean for children’s survival. The international community, donors and national governments have important roles to play in cutting emissions and following through on commitments to disaster risk reduction and for disaster risk reduction and humanitarian responses to be successful, they must work with children and their communities to enable them to respond to multiple disasters. Humanitarian agencies must also ensure that they are prepared for increasing numbers of medium and large-scale disasters. More funding is needed for humanitarian responses to the emergencies we know will continue to increase, both in number and in scale. This funding must be rapid, accountable and allocated according to needs. As In the Face of Disaster shows, children are not merely victims of natural disasters. Save the Children’s experience of child-centred disaster risk reduction demonstrates that children can act as positive agents of change, protecting themselves as well as their families and communities in the face of disaster.
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