The climate emergency is a key driver of extreme poverty, inequality and child vulnerability. It impedes the realisation of children’s fundamental rights as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The unfolding climate crisis compounds existing social and economic inequalities both within and between countries, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable children and their caregivers, particularly those living in urban slums and informal settlements, in fragile and developing contexts.
Despite being at the forefront of inter-related crises in cities, children and youth, especially the most marginalised, face discrimination and exclusion from decision-making processes in urban and transport planning, climate change mitigation, and local governance, and lack direct representation of their needs. Yet, when children and youth actively participate, they catalyse positive change in the spaces in which they live, learn, work and play, contributing to better cities for all.
The Global Alliance – Cities 4 Children is a unique coalition of organisations working across health, nutrition, climate change, road safety, air quality, migration, urban design and child and youth participation. The Global Alliance has the privilege to work with inspiring children and young people from around the world who are taking climate action and advocating for the populations most affected by the climate crisis.
Join this interactive and intergenerational dialogue, chaired by the former Guardian Cities editor Chris Michael, to hear from children, youth, mayors, practitioners and organisations focused on child wellbeing in cities, on their experiences, solutions and replicable projects to tackle the climate emergency.
Partners involved in the organisation of this event:
- Bernard van Leer Foundation
- Cities Alliance
- FIA Foundation – Child Health Initiative
- Habitat for Humanity International
- NACTO – GDCI
- Plan International
- Save the Children
- UN Habitat
- World Vision International