Tuesday 20 October, 2020

How will climate change impact the children of today?

Environment ministry partners with UNICEF to tackle climate change impact on children. (File photo)

Environment ministry partners with UNICEF to tackle climate change impact on children. (File photo)

Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change (MHURECC) Pearnel Charles Jr commenced discussions with UNICEF Jamaica to address the foreseeable challenges and impact of climate change on children.

UNICEF Jamaica has expressed great pleasure in starting this collaboration with the Ministry specifically to address the challenges and impact of climate change on Jamaican youth.

Minister Charles Jr emphasised the need for partnerships such as this as the country looks to strengthen its resilience in the fight against climate change.

UNICEF representatives Vicente Teran (l) and Mariko Kagoshima paused for a photo with Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change Pearnel Charles Jr.

He believes ‘our children must remain at the centre of this climate change agenda’.

UNICEF Jamaica representative Mariko Kagoshima shared the sentiment.

She said: ‘Children and young people have contributed the least to the current climate change and environmental degradation, but they are the most affected – and will continue facing the consequences.’

This, she continued, ‘undermines the rights of every child, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged’.

The partnership between MHURECC and UNICEF is expected to advance the ongoing policy and programme review exercise to help ensure the integration of issues impacting young citizens.

UNICEF has also expressed its commitment to supporting the ministry’s efforts to roll out the youth consultation on climate change and to get ideas from children on how to protect the environment.

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