COP 24 Policy Brief
Sustainable Development Goals: 16
- SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
It is critical that all parties involved in COP24 rapidly reduce emissions to meet the 1.5oC target and address underlying vulnerability.
Parties must recognise that reducing emissions alone will not be sufficient in reducing climate change impacts.
We are calling on governments to take action on, and civil society and donors to provide support to ensure that the needs and rights of children, especially girls, are at the heart of climate change efforts
Specifically, we are calling on parties to:
- Include children, especially girls, in climate action and in all aspects of decision-making and policy processes (Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
- Include climate change education in all aspects of formal and non-formal curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and promote school safety to climate-related hazards
- Ensure that girls’ rights are recognised when implementing the Gender Action Plan.
CLIMATE CHANGE DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTS CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY GIRLS
Climate change is an intergenerational equity issue. Those who have contributed least to climate change are bearing the brunt of its impacts and will face the huge task of finding future solutions to adapting to and mitigating climate change impacts. Climate-related disasters often have disproportionate impacts on children and serious implications for their rights. Future generations, not even born yet, will have fewer rights to education, a healthy life, nutrition, water, protection, because of our actions. Children from the poorest communities are most severely impacted by climate change despite being least responsible for its causes, and have the fewest resources to cope with the resulting impacts. Climate change is already impacting children through increases in malnutrition, disease, poverty, dropout from school, child protection issues, and increased risks from intense climate-induced hazards. Moreover, increasing pressures on natural resources are also increasing conflict risk which again has the biggest impact on children.