One billion children at ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis – UNICEF

CNN)Almost half of the world’s 2.2 billion children are living in countries that face an extremely high risk of the impacts of the climate crisis, including environmental shocks such as cyclones and heatwaves, according to an index published Friday by UNICEF, the UN children’s agency.

Among the 33 states identified at extremely high risk is Afghanistan, which has dealt with prolonged drought and political instability for years, and once again faces an uncertain future after it came fully under the control of the Taliban over the weekend.

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Creating a fairer economic landscape for LDCs

July 27 2021: The draft Programme of Action begins with a call to “realize our collective ambitions of building back better from COVID-19”, (Para 3). However, as Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh has described it: “We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. … The LDCs are bearing their heaviest brunt. They have weak infrastructures, and a serious lack of capacity to cope with internal and external shocks”.

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Building back better: the challenges facing LDCs in the lead-up to LDCV

London, 26 July (LDC News) —  “We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The severity of its impact is felt globally, the LDCs are bearing its heaviest brunt”. This is how Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, and Co-chair of LDCV Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) described the challenges facing LDCs.

The upcoming UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCV) next January is a crucial moment to take stock of progress and challenges for LDCs. So how does the balance sheet look? Not good. Sadly, most of the progress made since LDCIV in 2011 has been eradicated by Covid-19, with UNCTAD estimating it will take more than five years for the poorest LDCs like Benin, Sudan and Timor-Leste to recover. Continue reading