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Summary of Recommendations

Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 February 2024 I WP3346

CHIldren displaced in a changing climate

Loss and Damage

  • Engage board members – and foster champions on displacement and children – including through work with partners (child rights CERI coalition and World Bank). 
  • Engage with and build on TFD priorities to position children and young people.
  • Engage in SB60 Expert Dialogue on Disproportionate Impact of Climate Change on Children to strategically position displacement and mobility.

Global Goal on Adaptation

  • Contribute to joint National Adaptation Plan technical guidelines​ – and support key countries to develop child-centred and displacement-sensitive NAPs.
  • Engage in thematic expert group on sectoral adaptation (i.e., social protection, nutrition, health).
  • Support the development of indicators (i.e., disaggregation by age, sex and displacement/migration status/ monitoring system development).​
  • Cost-benefit analysis of social sector adaptation and child/displacement-sensitive marker. 


  • Develop child-sensitivity marker and checklist for child-centred and displacement-sensitive NDCs.
  • Support atarget % of countries’ national climate plans (the NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPS) to be child- and displacement-sensitive by 2025, using consistent language around targets and common approaches to reporting progress(inIDP pilot countries to deliver on the ‘prevention’ focus in the SG Action Agenda.)

SG Action Agenda on Internal Displacement

  • Leverage opportunities to engage in the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), High Level Process/Events in 2024 and 2025 to include a focus on prevention/preparedness for future displacement.
  • Establish a group of champion governments on prevention of internal displacement.
  • Create an IDP advisory constituency as part of the UNFCCC/COP – building on the new IDP advisory group.

Preparing and strengthening child-critical systems and services 

  • Share/co-create learning and training materials on ‘how to do’ child rights and child sensitivity in climate action.

New Collective Quantified Goal

  • Engage with the negotiators (with special emphasis on the negotiators from the “champion” countries).​
  • Develop a common position on child-centred and displacement-sensitive climate finance to develop more granular, evidence-based and policy-relevant recommendations.
  • Participate in the ninth expert dialogue in Colombia (including a submission to propose the inclusion of displaced children’s rights in the dialogue).​

Community-based funding

  • Document lessons learned from the experiences with disbursing small grants at community level for adaptation / children’s benefit and use this evidence to catalyse new/more small grants facilities – disbursing 80% of fund to communities – work with them (part of project design) 

Loss and Damage Fund

  • Engaging board members – and fostering champions on displacement and children  to help shape the new Loss and Damage Fund.
  • Establish a dedicated portion of the Loss and Damage Fund that is specifically for children (e.g., 25%) and further, mandate a % of money to reach communities – define ‘child-sensitive’ criteria that describe eligibility for the child-dedicated money.


  • Explore opportunities to engage with the ADB and AfDB on prevention of internal displacement and child-sensitive solutions.

Climate donorship

  • ‘Climate donorship’ – a research, partnership and action initiative to foster principles/modalities for action/MEL frameworks for climate and development financiers to be more accountable to recipients especially children.

Youth empowerment

  • Establish a constituency at COP for internally displaced people and those at risk of displacement living in climate-vulnerable locations, including indigenous populations.
  • Explore opportunities to anchor diverse and inclusive child and youth participation into the new Loss and Damage Fund architecture.

Migration as adaptation

  • Explore options for youth-led research migration as adaptation for children and young people.

Data and evidence

  • Explore opportunity to include a section on child displacement in the next IPCC.
  • Explore the possibility of a Columbia University study – geospatial mapping, overlaying of data layers showing relative deprivation index (children), climate hazard exposure, to identify and show ‘hotspots’.
  • Expand opportunities for meaningful, inclusive participatory research approaches and opportunities for knowledge partnerships with children, young people and their families impacted by climate change-induced migration.  

Compelling narrative

  • Develop a shared narrative to underpin joint advocacy going forward.

Laura Healy and Josiah Kaplan                                                                                                      

Wilton Park | May 2024

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