UNICEF: Over 110 Million Children At Risk Of Climate...

UNICEF: Over 110 Million Children At Risk Of Climate Change In Nigeria

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The United Nations Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that over 110 million children in Nige­ria are at risk of climate change, having confronted the harsh re­alities of rising temperatures, flooding, drought, and severe storms.

According to a statement by UNICEF issued to journalists on Monday to mark 2023 World Chil­dren’s Day (WCD) on November 20, 2023, the alarming displace­ment of children by floods oc­curred between 2016 and 2023.

This year’s focus is on a Na­tionwide Celebration of Child Rights and Climate Change Awareness.

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UNICEF said that 650,000 children have been displaced by floods in Nigeria, making it the second most vulnerable world­wide in terms of children’s ex­posure to climate change faces severe challenges.

“As one of the countries that suffer the greatest exposure to adverse climate impacts, Nigeria’s response to climate change must be swift and ho­listic, accounting for the needs of vulnerable people, including children and women, at the deci­sion-making level, as well as in the implementation of the Na­tional Climate Change Action Plan” Dr. Salisu Dahiru, Direc­tor General – National Council on Climate Change, says.

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“This celebration is a crucial platform for our children, the most affected by climate change, to voice their concerns and expe­riences. Their input is essential in shaping our collective path to­wards a sustainable and resilient future.”

“This celebration is a crucial platform for our children, the most affected by climate change, to voice their concerns and expe­riences. Their input is essential in shaping our collective path towards a sustainable and resil­ient future.” Said Cristian Mun­duate, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, stakeholders in the education, and environment sectors as well as media practi­tioners and relevant organisa­tions converged on Evolution Hotel, Gombe, on Monday for the launch of the Climate Landscape Analysis for Children (CLAC) in Nigeria to commemorate the 2023 World Children’s Day.

UNICEF Bauchi Field Of­fice streamed the launch live in Gombe state with a Nationwide Celebration of Child Rights and Climate Change Awareness Abu­ja, Nigeria

The launch highlighted key climate risks to children and provided an overview of the multi-sectoral climate mitiga­tion and adaptation actions that UNICEF intends to implement in Nigeria from 2023–2027.

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