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We believe safeguarding children’s future is just as essential as providing immediate emergency relief during times of natural disasters.  

Here in Australia and around the world, the growing number of extreme weather events is impacting the lives of children. When bushfires hit, children lose their homes and whole communities. When floods strike, schools and health centres are destroyed. When droughts endure, access to food and safe water are significantly reduced.   

The scientific evidence is clear – the frequency, intensity and duration of climate-related extreme events and the slow onset of changes, such as sea level rise and increasing temperatures is escalating, and it’s putting more children’s lives in danger. Every year, environmental factors take the lives of 1.7 million children under five. But we’re working to change that at an emergency and development level.  

Climate and water

The climate crisis is here. The world has already warmed by nearly 1.1C and the last 7 years were the warmest on record.

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children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.


About 92 per cent of all disaster’s risks and losses in the East Asia and Pacific regions are climate related.

Protecting and empowering children in the face of climate change in the Asia Pacific region. 

Over the past 30 years, the number of climate related disasters have tripled. The East Asia and the Pacific region is one of the most vulnerable areas to climate related disasters globally, with about half of the population directly affected every year. 

From the black summer bushfires along Australia’s east coast to devastating floods in Indonesia and cyclonic storms in India, we’re always there during times of emergency. We are also supporting children and young people to safeguard their future by empowering them to implement change in their communities and by giving them a voice and a platform to advocate for climate action.  

"We're providing space for young people to innovate and come up with ideas for solving the climate crisis in their communities. Part of that is working with the Youth Nutrition Network where we look at the local food sources and different crops that are grown. What crops can be put in place that are climate resistant so not only will there be food for the future, but we're also mitigating the effects of climate change."

Alexandra Eaves
International Programs Manager for UNICEF Australia
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Meet Timoci Naulusala, a Young Climate Activist from Fiji.

Timoci was one of the young leaders from around the world who convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2019 to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time. The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.  

"Climate change affects us all. We need everyone to understand that we must work as a team before it’s too late. Speak up, this is our time." 

Timoci continues to advocate for change, such as during the recent National Youth Climate Action Summit in Suva, Fiji, where Timoci expressed his views on the draft climate change bill .

We’re supporting young people by empowering them to implement change in their communities 

Young people are leading local and global advocacy efforts to increase climate action, inspiring many to join the cause. UNICEF Australia’s 2020-21 Young Ambassadors consulted more than 4,000 young people aged 13-17 across Australia, identifying climate change as the greatest threat to the future wellbeing and livelihood of children and young people in Australia. Our Young Ambassadors took these findings to Canberra — along with recommendations on the other key issues identified by young Australians — and presented them to the nation’s key decision makers. Similarly, in Timor-Leste and Cambodia, we are supporting young people to develop leadership and advocacy skills, and enhancing access to decision-making platforms, providing them with meaningful opportunities to advocate for action on their most pressing issues, including climate change. 

In Burundi and Papua New Guinea, we are supporting the use of innovative technologies for cooking to significantly improve the health of families by reducing air pollution in the home. Simple and innovative cooking technologies increase thermal efficiency, reduce wood consumption for fuel, minimise deforestation caused by firewood collection, and improve indoor air quality. This has the added benefit of reducing the amount of time spent by children — often girls — away from school collecting firewood, frequently in dangerous situations. 

In Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, we are installing climate-resilient and sustainable water supply systems in health centres, schools and communities, supporting drought and disaster-prone areas to have continuous access to safe, clean water. This includes using technology for rainwater harvesting, solar water pumps and capacity building on conservation for community-based water resource management. 

Our approach to addressing high levels of chronic malnutrition in Papua New Guinea is designed to support communities to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change on food systems. This includes establishing vegetable gardens in preschools and schools and enabling students to learn about how to protect the environment, while eating a nutrient-rich diet. Establishing improved sanitation and hygiene practices in schools and communities is keeping families healthy and their local environment clean.  

Help protect children from climate change.

We need your help to protect children from the effects of climate change, fight for their voices to be heard and build a sustainable future.

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