▷ From climate “blah, blah, blah” to famine: the 7 greatest challenges …


27.12.2021 – 01:05

Save the Children Deutschland e.V.

Berlin / London (ots)

Von Claire Leigh, Director of Global Policy, Advocacy & Research, Save the Children

Many around the world are hoping that the bells will ring in the beginning of a happier era at the turn of the year. Especially after the world was exposed to a two-year pandemic that decimated the economy, pushed health systems to their limits, and increasingly dominated politics and public debate.

Despite the good hopes, the new year will again bring with it crises that intertwine and reinforce each other. Save the Children fears that the effects of these crises will be felt most strongly on children worldwide and identifies seven “greatest challenges” for children that must be addressed with force and creativity if 2022 is not yet another year of Regression in global children’s rights shall be.

Challenge 1: To survive hunger that has reached levels not seen in decades

In 2021, COVID-19, conflict and climate change drove millions of children to malnutrition. Will be in 2022 an estimated two million children die of starvation under the age of five. the beginning of December leaders met in Japanto discuss the growing plight, but will they keep their promises?

Challenge 2: To return to school after a two-year break

The children in Uganda, many of whom have not been able to go to school since March 2020, hope that they can do so in the new year. And they’re not the only ones. Are worldwide an estimated 117 million children still not back to school due to COVID-19. In addition, there are 260 million children who were unable to go to school before the pandemic. Save the Children hat “Catch up Clubs” set up to ensure students don’t fall too far behind while schools are closed. But the longer children are absent from school, the less likely it is that they will go back to school. Girls are particularly at risk of dropping out of school, often to get married. The effects of dropping out are likely to be dramatic; A recent study suggests that the number of children unable to read basic texts by the age of 10 is as low as 53 percent before COVID increased to 70 percent is. Is school education treated as the most important instrument for securing the future of children?

Challenge 3: To move the heads of state and government from “blah, blah, blah” to decisive action when it comes to climate change

The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November represented a high point for climate activism so far. The youth movement, with Greta Thunberg at its head, has become more and more self-confident and impatient. The pledges made by leaders in Glasgow do not do justice to the task ahead, and children will suffer most from adult inaction in the face of the looming disaster. All eyes – but especially those of the younger generation and children in the regions of the world most affected by climate change – will be on the COP27 climate conference in the New Year to see whether the heads of state and government agree with you “Bla bla bla” be able to translate into concrete measures to secure the future of all children. Will the world community be jolted?

Challenge 4: Live and survive in the midst of conflict

Fast 200 million Children today live in the world’s deadliest war zones, the highest number in over a decade. That’s an increase of 20 percent from 162 million the year before. Many of these children are also already at the forefront of climate change and are struggling with life-threatening hunger crises. Human and children’s rights organizations strive to protect children from the worst effects of war, for example by getting 112 countries to participate “Safe Schools Declaration” to be signed, which is supposed to ensure the protection of educational institutions in crisis areas. Is it adhered to?

Challenge 5: To secure fundamental rights also where they are curtailed in the name of the fight against terrorism

The rise of non-state armed groups and their recruitment and deployment of children has often led to draconian policies against the children affected. It affects those who live in Camps in northeast Syria because of her supposed IS affiliation including children associated with armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are often detained for an indefinite period of time, deprived of their citizenship or subjected to unreasonable discrimination. In 2022, Save the Children will continue the work of demobilizing, releasing, returning and reintegrating these children to give them back what remains of their childhood. How can fundamental rights and children’s rights also be enforced in conflicts?

Challenge 6: Managing displacement and finding places of refuge

More children have been forcibly displaced today than at any time since World War II. Between 2005 and 2020, the Number of child refugees more than doubled under the mandate of the UNHCR from four million to around 10 million. Images of children crossing borders or die doing it, have moved the public regularly and occasionally the Politics influences. Since the flow of desperate families in search of refuge will not diminish, the question arises in 2022: Will there be more children on their way to safety? Walls have to calculate? Or do we build them the bridges they deserve?

Challenge 7: Preventing the rise in child mortality from COVID-19

Child mortality has decreased significantly in the last 30 years – since 1990 by almost 60 percent. An achievement of development policy and humanitarian action. However, the unprecedented strain on health services from the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the resurgence of diseases that were previously in decline. Malaria deaths, which have long been declining, have been declining since the pandemic began increased again in 32 countries. There is a real chance that the Child mortality 2022 will rise for the first time in decades in a catastrophic U-turn for the health of children around the world. Recent breakthroughs, like the first effective Malaria vaccine, however, give hope that the vaccine advances fueled by the pandemic will benefit children in the long term. Will we be able to maintain the achievements of the last few decades?

Save the Childrens vision is a world in which all children can live healthy and safe and grow up independently. Because every child has the right to a future – no matter where it is born. The children’s rights organization is campaigning for this in numerous projects around the world.

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