Children and Youth
Children and Youth
Young people are tremendously innovative, adaptable, and resourceful. Empowering young people is the world’s best chance of building resilient communities as they comprise the largest and most interconnected generation in history. Yet, young people are particularly vulnerable to disasters. Contributing as powerful change actors and resilience-builders, young people must be part of disaster risk reduction action. Acknowledging their capacity to influence decision making processes on behalf of their communities and their ability to communicate and bring meaningful change in behaviour and attitudes, UNDRR supports and harnesses the energy and motivation of youth to find solutions to risk and participate in disaster risk reduction for enhanced resilience, aligned with the UN Strategy “Youth2030: Working with and for Young People”.
Key focus areas include: - Capacity & Risk knowledge: Building capacity of youth and enhancing risk knowledge to build resilience and reduce disasters; - Innovation & Communication: Empowering youth to drive innovation and novel communication to enhance the implementation of the Sendai Framework; - Advocacy & Action: Supporting youth efforts on DRR advocacy and action.
Who are we working with
UNDRR works primarily with youth through the Major Group on Children and Youth (MGCY) DRR Working Group (DRR WG). The MGCY is the UN’s official mechanism for channelling youth participation in sustainable development. The DRR Working Group was established during the Sendai Framework negotiation process and was one of the first MGCY Working Groups. We also work with the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, UNICEF, UN-Women and the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD).
A day after millions of young people globally marched and rallied for urgent climate action, young leaders brought their message to the ministers and leaders, both at the dedicated youth event and later, at the Climate Action Summit.
Children and youth under age 30 currently make up more than half the world’s population. They are the ones who will benefit most from reducing disaster risk and impacts, curtailing climate