On August 20, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched its report “The Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index”, which categories countries following the exposure and vulnerability of children to climate and environmental shocks. According to this report, Vietnamese children belong to the world’s 37th most vulnerable. Children and young people in Vietnam are among the most affected by climate change impacts concerning their health, education, and protection. More specifically, they are highly exposed to air pollution and flooding.
Climate change and environmental pollution make Vietnam a more hazardous living place and threaten children’s future. It requires investments in climate action and environmental protection to ensure a sustainable future for children.
Sources & further information: “Children in Viet Nam at ‘high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis – UNICEF” at https://www.unicef.org, “Trẻ em có nguy cơ cao nhất chịu tác động nặng nề của biến đổi khí hậu” at https://kinhtemoitruong.vn, and “Vietnamese children vulnerable to air pollution, flooding: UNICEF report” at https://en.vietnamplus.vn, accessed on 23 August 2021.