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UNICEF Urges Increased Investment in Child-Centred Climate Initiatives Amidst El Niño Drought in Zimbabwe

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has issued a clarion call for escalated investments in child-focused climate resilience initiatives as Zimbabwe contends with the devastating repercussions of an El Niño-induced drought.

The crisis has disproportionately affected children, thrusting them into the forefront of vulnerability.

In a statement released on Friday, UNICEF announced the launch of a petition urging government bodies, development partners, and the private sector to prioritise children in their climate investments.

The organisation also advocates for increased funding for climate-resilient programmes to ensure continued access to essential services such as health, education, water, sanitation, nutrition, and child protection.

UNICEF highlighted that Zimbabwean children are particularly vulnerable to the risks posed by climate change-induced events, with the country ranked as high risk in the 2021 UNICEF Children’s Climate Risk Index.

The ongoing El Niño crisis, coupled with existing public health emergencies related to cholera and polio, has created a complex humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

UNICEF, in partnership with the Zimbabwean government and other development partners, is already scaling up programmes to develop climate-resilient initiatives that empower children as agents of change and environmental stewards.
“With the escalating impact of climate change on children’s well-being, there is a pressing demand for increased investment in child-centred climate strategies,” UNICEF stated.

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“This is essential to amplify climate-resilient programmes, enhance household and caregiver resilience to climate shocks, and mitigate the long-term effects of climate change on future generations.”

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