The increasing frequency and severity of disaster events — exacerbated by an accelerating climate crisis, environmental degradation and lagging risk governance systems — means that children and young people need immediate action to build resilience. They are facing a child rights crisis underpinned by triple planetary crises in climate change/climate variability, nature (environmental sustainability of current and future socio- economic trajectories), and pollution (air, soil and water).
This report highlights how UNICEF and its partners apply a multisectoral, systems-strengthening approach to DRR and recovery around the world. UNICEF’s efforts are diverse. For example:
- Engaging children and young people in disaster management committees as key stakeholders;
- Promoting and carrying out Comprehensive School Safety (CSS);
- Setting up systems and capacities for shock-responsive social protection, including cash transfer mechanisms;
- Gathering evidence on disasters and gender-based violence;
- Providing families with Covid-19 mental health support;
- Brokering public-private partnerships; and
- Other prevention, risk reduction and recovery activities.