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A compelling narrative – “lives, livelihoods and futures at stake”

Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 February 2024 I WP3346

CHIldren displaced in a changing climate

In-depth discussions throughout the event stressed the importance of having a strong narrative to cut through the politics and to position displaced children and young people within climate action, policy and finance. This entails balancing the need to recognise the complexity of the issue, while ensuring a clear shared message. Including and amplifying the voices and stories of young people affected was identified as a priority – a narrative that centers on the experiences and voices of children and young people displaced by climate change is essential for raising awareness, mobilising support, and driving meaningful action to address this pressing challenge. Further, by showcasing the interconnectedness of climate impacts across borders and emphasising the global responsibility to protect vulnerable populations, a strong narrative could contribute to building momentum for collective action. Participants also flagged the need for bravery to confront the issue of fossil fuel, despite the political implications.

A red thread throughout the discussions was that children are more than just another vulnerable group. If solutions don’t work for children, stakeholders are failing half the IDP population. Children are spending their entire childhoods in displacement, while they are still developing, with huge ramifications for their adult lives and future generations. Solutions that work for children, work for everyone – interventions that support children’s well-being yield long-term economic benefits for society. Research consistently shows that every dollar invested during childhood yields a high return on investment in terms of improved educational outcomes, higher earning potential, and reduced social welfare costs over the lifespan of individuals.

Potential next steps:
  • Develop a shared narrative to underpin joint advocacy going forward.

Data, evidence and advocacy


Summary of Recommendations

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