Children Uprooted in a Changing Climate - Turning challenges into opportunities with and for young people on the move


The climate crisis is a child rights crisis. Already, millions of children around the world are affected by climate mobility, with over 9.8 million weather-related internal displacements of children in 2020. Every displacement risks the realisation of children`s rights. 

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGY)​ are jointly organizing this virtual event that will serve as the launch of a new briefing highlighting the impacts and opportunities for children and young people affected by climate mobility.

The virtual event will serve as the launch of a new briefing exploring the challenges and opportunities for young people uprooted by climate change. 

Strategically situated the week before COP26 - a critical moment for climate change - the event will seek to draw attention to this vital issue, calling for action to protect, uphold, and advance the rights of children uprooted in a changing climate.

Moderator: Ms Verena Knaus, Global Lead, Migration and Displacement at UNICEF


  • My Qiyamud Din Ikram, Youth Delegate from Afghanistan 
  • Minister Wendy Morton, Minister for Europe and Americas at the FCDO (UK) 
  • Mr Anare Leweniqila, Deputy Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN 

  • Mr Fongu Cletus Tanwe, Mayor of Bamenda, Cameroon

  • Franchesca Regala, Youth Delegate from the Philippines

  • Mr Morshed KAM, Senior Director Advocacy and Partnerships (BRAC)

Closing remarks: Ms Caroline Dumas, IOM Director General Special Envoy for Migration and Climate Action

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