THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR CHILDREN ON THE MOVE IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
27th July, 2022 Environment
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Context: UN lays down guidelines to protect children displaced by climate change
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- Nearly 10 million children were displaced due to weather-related shocks in 2020 alone, according to UN reports
- United Nations-backed agencies have issued guidelines to provide the first-ever global policy framework to protect children displaced due to climate change, according to UN website.
- The Guiding Principles for Children on the Move in the Context of Climate Changecontain a set of nine principles that address the unique vulnerabilities of children who have been uprooted. The guidelines cover both internal as well cross-border migrations
- The new guidelines launched, aim to protect and empower children forced to flee their homes due to climate-related emergencies.
- The land-mark guidelines were launched by the International Organisation for Migration, the UN Children's Fund, Georgetown University and the United Nations University.
- The climate emergency has and will continue to have profound implications for human mobility. Its impacts will be most severe with particular segments of our communities such as children; we cannot endanger future generations.
- Every day, rising sea levels, hurricanes, wildfires and failing crops are pushing more and more children and families from their homes.
- The guiding principles provide national and local governments, international organisations, and civil society groups with a foundation to build policies that protect children’s rights.
- In 2006, UNICEF and IOM had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) defining the main areas of cooperation between the two agencies in humanitarian settings.
- The well-established operational relationship responding to the pressing issues facing migrant children worldwide has been further strengthened since that time.