Nearly 90% of the global health burden related to climate change is borne by children under five. Young children in the climate-vulnerable Asia-Pacific region face a particularly serious challenge from the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation across all components of nurturing care – health, nutrition, early learning, responsive caregiving, and security and safety.
In a few weeks, 70,000 delegates including 198 Parties (197 countries and EU) will meet in Dubai for COP28. For the first time, the early childhood development (ECD) agenda will be featured at this important event. Together with partners, and building on our efforts on the ECD-Climate intersection since 2019, ARNEC will co-host and participate in a series of side events at COP28 for the purpose of elevating ECD as a cost-effective investment to achieve climate resilience and sustainable development.
Ahead of COP28, we are sharing with you a package of key ECD-Climate resources that has been jointly developed by ARNEC and its partners. We are grateful to Dr Adrián Cerezo (University of Maine) for his visionary leadership in guiding our work on this important intersection. Special thanks to Save the Children, UNICEF EAPRO, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Early Opportunities, Early Start of University of Wollongong Australia, Vital Strategies, Early Childhood Regional Networks Fund and our country partners for the support provided during the development of various ECD Climate resources.