Remarks by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell at the 2022 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction – Global

INDONESIA, 23 May 2022 — “The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction comes at a critical time for children and young people as they face the immediate and lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Accelerating poverty rates. Massive school closures and learning losses. Millions of children at increased risk of early marriage and child labor. Rising anxiety and depression.

“These are heavy burdens to carry into adulthood, especially for the most vulnerable children and young people, with girls often the most affected.

“Building back better means putting children and young people at the heart of global COVID-19 response and recovery plans.

“They should also be central to our efforts to reduce risk and build resilience to 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.

“To achieve the Sendai Framework goals by 2030, UNICEF calls on governments and other stakeholders to empower all children and young people to be educated, prepared, resilient and able to participate meaningfully. meaningful to key decisions and actions.

“We also call for scaling up and accelerating public-private partnerships and investing in disaster risk reduction measures centered on children and young people.

“Finally, we call for increased 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 to ensure that every country is protected and every child is resilient. Please join us as we work together to achieve this critical goal.

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