With a mandate combining humanitarian relief with long-term development objectives, UNICEF recognises its crucial responsibility to integrate DRR across its work. UNICEF’s presence before, during and after a disaster also means that it is ideally placed to address disaster risk and to undertake risk reduction measures.

UNICEF is uniquely placed to strengthen its programming on DRR given its presence and focus on building partnerships with government and civil society from the national to the community level. UNICEF should promote and help ensure adequate and specific focus on the rights and vulnerabilities of girls, boys, adolescents and women. In line with emergency risk informed programming and building on the mainstreaming of emergency preparedness and response all UNICEF Focus Areas in the framework of the MTSP provide an opportunity to prepare for, prevent and mitigate disaster risk.

UNICEF DRR and the WASH sector. Across the world, UNICEF is supporting governments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which include increasing access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Ensuring sustainability of resources through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes is key to UNICEF’s work. However, the actual and potential impacts of climate change on water resources are becoming clear and will impact WASH and other programmes.

UNICEF DRR and Education. UNICEF is working in disaster-prone areas across the world to ensure that school buildings are safe, that teachers and students are prepared for potential disasters, and that DRR is included in school curricula.

Global Advocacy on DRR Climate change and Children. UNICEF is an active member of the Children in a Changing Climate coalition to ensure children’s unique experiences of climate change impacts and disasters are recognised in policy and practice. The coalition began in 2007 and continues to host events, disseminate research and highlight the importance of child-centred DRR and climate change prevention and adaptation.

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