Futures at Risk: Protecting the rights of children on the move in a changing climate

Author: 
UNICEF
Publisher: 
UNICEF
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Year of Publication: 
2021

 

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Children, their families and communities around the world have been displaced due to weather-related impacts, which can increase in frequency or be intensified by climate change. In 2020 alone, weather-related events – whether or not climate change-related – were linked to 30.1 million new displacements, including 9.8 million new internal displacements of children. That equates to almost 26,900 new weatherrelated child displacements every day.

This report, Futures at Risk: Protecting the Rights of Children on the Move in a Changing Climate, examines the impact of climate change-related displacement and migration on children’s access to education and health services. Using a child rights lens, we explore not only the barriers children on the move may face, but also the emerging solutions that could help alleviate these challenges. The report is shaped by existing research, expert interviews, and case studies, providing a comprehensive understanding of the shocks we know are coming – and how the UK Government can act now to protect futures at risk.