Children and disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region (UNICEF)

United Nations Children's Fund

Review of disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region

This paper presents the conclusions of a review of disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives in 22 countries of the Asia-Pacific region – through the lens of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

All aspects of children’s daily life and life chances are covered by the CRC and all are affected by disasters. A child’s right to survival, to protection, to clean water and sanitation, to food, to health and to education are all adversely affected by disasters.

The paper presents an analysis of a number of child-related initiatives in the region. It includes good practices and barriers to change, including understanding the importance of how behaviour changes. It then identifies some challenges and opportunities moving forward and closes with conclusions and recommendations.

Areas of Expertise

Climate change and sustainability

  • Policy response to climate change
  • Migration and other climate impacts

Conflict and fragility

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Human rights protection

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