Climate change threatens a billion children, says NGO

According to the NGO KidsRight, which publishes the “KidsRights Index” each year, the effects of climate change threaten one billion children. The 2022 edition of his study, published on Wednesday October 19, is “alarming for our current and future generations of children”, said in a press release Marc Dullaert, founder and president of KidsRights. “A rapidly changing climate now threatens their future and their fundamental rights,” he stressed, noting that the standard of living of children around the world has not improved over the past decade.

In addition, their livelihoods have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.”he added, while the study by the Dutch NGO assures that the minors were sometimes deprived of food or medicine due to disruptions in the health sector, which led to the death of some 286,000 children under 5 years old.

Finally, for the first time in two decades, the number of working children has risen to 160 million, an increase of 8.4 million over the past four years, according to the “KidsRights Index”, compiled with the University Erasmus from Rotterdam.

Progress in several poor countries

The “KidsRight Index” ranks 185 countries on their compliance with the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, based on UN data. Iceland, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands occupy the first places in the 2022 ranking, closed by the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Chad.

However, the study welcomes the progress made by some countries. Angola has more than halved under-five mortality, while Bangladesh has nearly halved the number of underweight under-fives. Bolivia, for its part, has almost halved its number of accidents involving children at work.

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Second last year, Switzerland tumbles to 31st place “due to the country’s insufficient implementation of the principle of the best interests of the child in decisions affecting children”, underlined the NGO. Other countries were singled out by the report, including Nigeria, 175th, for the high rate of deaths of mothers during childbirth, and Montenegro, 49th, due to low vaccination rates.

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