Our key takeaway: Millions of children are displaced by weather-related disasters exacerbated by climate change, such as floods, storms, droughts and wildfires. According to UNICEF, there were 43.1 million internal displacements of children over the last few years, which amounts to 20,000 child displacements per day. The children who are most vulnerable are those who live in high risk areas - those susceptible to weather-related disasters - but have little pre-emptive evacuation measures in place. The voices of the children who are living through these disasters are captured in this report put together by UNICEF and Patrick J McGovern Foundation. Through these voices, we understand how extreme weather events severely impacts their health and wellbeing - including through long-term impacts that extend into adulthood. Impacts include physical and psychological trauma, such as malnourishment, anxiety and depression, which can evolve into chronic illnesses and sometimes result in death. The interconnections between human rights and climate change, and children as a particularly vulnerable group sitting at this intersection, has never been clearer.
UNICEF and Patrick J McGovern Foundation published Children displaced in a changing climate: Preparing for a future already underway (October 2023):