Madrid: The climate crisis is threatening to roll back progress on child rights without sufficient urgent investment in solutions that benefit the most vulnerable children, the Unicef said on Saturday as the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) enters its second week. Around 160 million children live in areas experiencing high levels of drought — and by 2040, one in four children will live in areas of extreme water stress.
“From hurricanes to droughts to floods to wildfires, the consequences of the climate crisis are all around us, affecting children the most and threatening their health, education, protection, and very survival,” said Gautam Narasimhan, Unicef Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Energy and Environment. Investments in disaster risk reduction, such as early warning systems, can help prepare communities to protect children during extreme weather events. The number of children displaced by extreme weather events in the Caribbean has increased six-fold in the past five years. From 2014 to 2018, 761,000 children were internally displaced, up from 175,000 children displaced between 2009 and 2013. (IANS)