Sunday, October 2, 2011

Climate change: an interview with Mia Urbano

A girl leaps over a puddle at Kampong Baro School in Aceh Province, Indonesia.
The area is flooded due to heavy rains. © UNICEF/NYHQ2006-1956/Josh Estey

Welcome to the first blog by UNICEF’s regional office for East Asia and the Pacific. The purpose of our blog is to highlight different development issues facing the region’s children, as well as taking a more in-depth look at how they are being tackled beyond the ubiquitous human interest story you have all come to know and love. We won't go into detail about who UNICEF is and what we do in the region, but if you would like to find out more, feel free to visit us at or follow us on Twitter.

Climate Change and its potential impact on human development is an issue of global concern and research continues to further our understanding on the issue. For UNICEF, our primary concern is to examine what impact climate change could have on the lives of children here in Asia and the Pacific, and whether government policies and strategies adequately take the specific vulnerabilities of children into account.

To get a better sense of this, UNICEF commissioned five country studies in Indonesia, Kiribati, Mongolia, the Philippines and Vanuatu. The UNICEF report , presents an analysis of the climate change trends and potential impacts on children in East Asia and the Pacific drawing on findings from these country studies, as well as children’s own perspectives on climate change and other research. The research was supported by Reed Elsevier, which works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and New Scientist.