Jakarta: The Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GDPRR) comes at a critical time for children and young people as they face the immediate and long-lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has said.
"Accelerating poverty rates. School closures and massive learning loss. Millions of children at greater risk of child marriage and child labor. A rise in anxiety and depression. These are heavy burdens to carry into adulthood, especially for the most vulnerable children and young people, with girls often most affected," UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russells said in a statement on Monday.
According to her, Building back better means putting children and young people at the heart of the global COVID-19 response and recovery plans.
"They should also be at the center of our efforts to reduce risk and build resilience from disasters, climate impacts, and humanitarian crises. And these efforts must be both for children and young people and with them. Young people are not just passive victims. They have an active role to play as leaders, collaborating and co-creating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation solutions," she explained.
To meet the targets of the Sendai Framework by 2030, UNICEF is calling on governments and other stakeholders to empower all children and young people, so they are educated, prepared, resilient, and able to meaningfully participate in key decisions and actions.
"We also call for scaling up and accelerating public-private partnerships and investment in disaster-risk reduction measures centred on children and young people," she added.
"Finally, we call for greater investment in disaster-preparedness and resilience-building for other services that children depend on — including health, nutrition, education, WASH, child protection, and social protection. UNICEF is committed to supporting efforts for every country to be protected and for every child to be resilient. Please join us as we work together to achieve this critical goal," she concluded.
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