Bangladeshi children in a virtual summit on Friday urged leaders and policy makers to take actions for curbing climate vulnerability that had been harming their lives.
United Nations Children’s Fund, a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide, organised the virtual Children’s Climate Summit marking World Children’s Day.
The children called for urgent actions against climate change which was hampering their life, health and education.
The summit ended with the adoption of a Children’s Climate Declaration, which was presented to national leaders in the spirit of intergenerational solidarity.
The children called upon decision makers to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emission; to invest in education, training and a green economy; and to protect children against the impacts of climate change.
Over 1 million children were engaged in preparations for the summit as part of the UNICEF Generation Parliament digital platform, which connects children to policies and decisions that impact their future, said a press release.
Jatiya Sangsad deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Mia, president of the parliamentary caucus on child rights Shamsul Haque Tuku and vice-president of the caucus Aroma Datta, among others, spoke.
Child parliamentarian Ridwana Islam said that Bangladesh was on the front line of climate change. Sea level rise, erosion, pollution and extreme weather jeopardise people’s survival, wellbeing and future.
‘Children must be consulted on policies and decisions that impact their future,’ said Ridwana.
UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh Tomoo Hozumi said that the climate emergency required bold leadership as we battle against the clock.
‘UNICEF works to facilitate Bangladeshi children to be part of a societal decision-making process on climate change-related issues which directly impact their future,’ he said.
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