Are Children the Future of Resilience?
Which members of the community should be targeted for resilience and disaster reduction training? Children and youth, according to the director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Speaking at WCDRR in Sendai, Japan, UNICEF director general Anthony Lake explained that since the end of the 1990’s, climate change-related disasters have affected about 60 million children – a number is expected to rise to 200 million in the coming decades, putting even more children at risk.
He pointed to areas of success in utilizing children in training efforts, including:
“Engaging young people in a systematic way is not a seasonal exercise; half of the world population is under 25 years of age,” Lake said in his call to boost youth involvement in resilience training.