РДФ является членом ЭКОСОС (Совет по экономическому и социальному развитию ООН), и на него распространяется правило получения специализированных материалов ООН о положении детей в мире. Только что мы получили новую информацию от ЮНИСЕФ (Детского фонда ООН), которую и представляем структурам РДФ, МАДФ и волонтёрам.
10 November, 2015
An estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, UNICEF warned today in a press release and briefing note.
I invite you to read this brief and press release and share it with your networks. I trust it will convey the urgency of the situation facing children and families who are bearing the brunt of El Niño.
Besides the immediate risks of death and injury, El Niño can lead to significant increases in diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhoea and cholera – which are major killers of children. When extreme weather deprives communities of their livelihoods, young children often suffer from undernutrition, which puts them at greater risk for illness, delayed mental development and premature death.
El Niños are not caused by climate change, but scientists believe they are becoming more intense as a result of climate change. Many of the countries now experiencing El Niño are those that face the gravest threat from climate change. Many of the areas affected also have high poverty levels.
World leaders will gather in Paris for the 21st United Nations Climate Conference, also known as COP21, from 30 November to 11 December, 2015. The goal is to reach a universal, binding agreement aimed at limiting global warming by cutting greenhouse emissions.
In advance of COP21, UNICEF will be releasing a report later this month on the impact of climate change on children. I will be back in touch with you then.
Chief, Civil Society Partnerships
Division of Data, Research and Policy