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Environment and climate change

Children and climate change

The evidence is indisputable: climate change and environmental degradation undermine the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged. UNICEF is committed to increase its contribution to environmental sustainability, given both the importance of the issue to children and the global commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.


UNICEF’s Strategy on Environmental Sustainability

The UNICEF Strategic Framework on Environmental Sustainability for Children aims to significantly strengthen UNICEF’s policy, programmes, advocacy, research and engagement on environmental sustainability to deliver better results for children, especially the most disadvantaged.


Our Priorities for 2016-2017 are:

  • Strengthen UNICEF policy and guidance on environmental sustainability as a cross-cutting issue.
  • Strengthen the inclusion of environmental sustainability in UNICEF programmes.
  • Advocate for full recognition and inclusion of children in the policy discourse on environmental sustainability.
  • Strengthen opportunities for children’s development and well-being to benefit from environmental sustainability related public and private finance.
  • Incorporating environmental sustainability management (ESM) in the organization.

Environmental sustainability provides major opportunities to deliver better results for children. UNICEF is strengthening its engagement at both global and local level together with its partners.

Watch "Voices from the Climate Frontlines" and hear what children think about climate change.