On 17th November, the Embassy of Japan, the UNICEF Vietnam, and the Vietnam Disaster Management Authorities (VNDMA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) signed the exchange of notes to launch a project to enhance resilience to disaster risk and climate change for children. The project is funded by the Government of Japan through the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam with total funding of US $5.7 million. The project lasts from 2021 to 2026. The VNDMA will implement the project in coordination with other line ministries and development partners.
The project aims to address the vulnerabilities of children caused by climate change and enhance the capacity of institutions, families, and communities by child-centered climate interventions. Children, families, and communities will be trained and equipped with knowledge and life skills to face climate change and natural disasters in the Central and Mekong Delta areas. The focus provinces are Sóc Trăng, Cà Mau, and Bạc Liêu. The project will develop climate change and environmental policies with and for children. It enables the participation of children and reduction of children’s vulnerabilities and deprivations. In the meantime, the project also promotes the progress of Vietnam’s international commitments, especially concerning the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In addition, it aligns with the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation, particularly the Mekong-Japan Initiative for SGD 2030 (adopted in 2019).
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Sources & further information: “Dự án tăng cường khả năng chống chịu rủi ro thiên tai và biến đổi khí hậu cho trẻ em” at https://www.moitruongvadothi.vn, “UNICEF and Government of Japan launch a project to enhance climate resilience” at https://www.unicef.org, and “Japan, UNICEF to help enhance Vietnamese resilience to natural disasters” at https://vietnamnews.vn, accessed on 19 November 2021.