It has been great working with colleagues in six offices across two UNICEF regions to develop an innovative risk assessment tool which draws upon UNICEF’s unique collection of child data.
The tool acts as a bridge between development and humanitarian action by combining information about natural hazards and climate change with child vulnerability data.
A child-centred risk assessment is a powerful analytical tool that makes UNICEF’s new resilience agenda a reality. It utilizes existing information to visualize areas with high levels of risk in order to encourage preventive action. The point is to address risk before they become a disaster.
The tool allows governments and organizations to approach their policy and planning in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with children at the forefront and in this way promoting child rights and child participation. It also allows us, as UNICEF, to define our child-centred disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and resilience agendas.
Humanitarian action in this field should be focused on vulnerabilities rather than being shock-driven and I believe this tool is one important way of achieving that.
Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Specialist
UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific