Publications

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Forthcoming, 2012

UNFCCC and Child Rights: An Intergenerational View of Global Environmental Policy

For the International Institute on the Rights of the Child, SIon, Switzerland

Abstract: Protection of children‘s human rights and protection of the environment are two concepts that are inextricably linked. While it is universally recognized that poverty is a major cause of human rights violations and is a barrier to sustainable development, the importance of a healthy and safe environment, in light of the current environmental crisis, must now also justly be considered an integral issue when discussing poverty, development, and subsequent effects on children‘s rights. A safe and healthy environment is fundamental to the human rights and the mental, physical, and spiritual development of the world‘s children. Without stable and healthy environmental conditions, there is no foundation to support progress or development.

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February 2012

United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention Article 6 stakeholder group inputs under the Amended New

Delhi Work Programme

Abstract: Recognizing that the current New Delhi Work Programme (NDWP) does not specifically recognize children as key stakeholders, this paper seeks to encourage Parties to the Successor Work Programme to acknowledge and include specific reference to the rights, needs, and capacities of children, who comprise close to half the population of many developing countries. It contends that integrated, empowering education for sustainable
development, delivered through schools as a targeted social safety net for communities, can prevent development setbacks caused by climate change.

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November 2011

Power of One Child + One Tree: Building the Investment Case for Integrated Action Toward a Sustainable Future for All

Abstract: Earth Child Institute and Planet2025 Network have developed this discussion paper to introduce a seminal research-based body of work which substantiates the rights and practical value of children and their local actions in economic terms. Building on collaborative efforts to date, our goal for this paper is to influence emerging policy decisions toward acknowledgement and investment by leaders of the private and public sectors in support of child-centred, participatory approaches. Together with partners all over the world, we believe that life-skills based educationally driven tree planting and environmental stewardship by and for children in their communities will help to:

  • mitigate leakage in REDD+;
  • increase resilience of most vulnerable children and their families to climate change; and
  • fortify the long-range planning needed to sustain a green economy.

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June 2011

Allison Anderson for Brookings Institution, Center for Universal Education, referencing ECI work:

School-based reforestation to combat climate change

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April 2011

Forest Community Schools, A Child-Centered Strategy for Mitigating Leakage in REDD+

Abstract: By 2025, children who are 18 years or younger today will represent more than half of the world‘s workforce. A critical strategic opportunity exists to =insure‘ the resiliency, effectiveness, and overall return on investment on 20-30 year REDD projects by investing in innovative school-based integrated educational approaches which empower young people to build better futures through life-sustaining values, practical skills and knowledge. These essential capacities will enable forest communities to convert CO2 into things they and the world at large will thrive on – healthy ecosystems, healthy people, and healthy economic opportunities. Such education and economic empowerment of the children of today and of tomorrow will mitigate leakage and ensure sustainability in REDD project areas, thereby strengthening investor confidence. Allocation of a percentage of REDD funds flowing to such integrated school programs will reduce risk and yield social, economic and environmental benefit for all parties concerned.

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November 2010

Healthy Environments for Healthy Children: Key Messages for Action

This document results from an ongoing partnership between the WHO, UNEP and UNICEF (in collaboration with Earth Child Institute) in the area of children’s health and the environment. It summarizes key messages for action on different environmental health issues, including global environmental change; water pollution; sanitation and hygiene; nutrition, growth and development; vectors of disease; air pollution; chemicals; injuries; environmental emergencies, noise and healthy housing. It also includes the 2009 Busan Pledge for Action on Children’s Health and the Environment, drafted by participants at the 3rd WHO International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment.

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September 2010

Study on the impacts of climate change on child health and nutrition in Nicaragua

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July 2010

Climate change, Take Action Now: A guide to supporting the local actions of children and young people, with special emphasis on girls and young women

Abstract: This guide originates from a lively and ongoing programme of cooperation between The Alliance of Youth CEOs and UNICEF. We have joined together with other United Nations and nongovernmental (NGO) partners (including Earth Child Institute) to build on and complement existing initiatives at global, national and local levels. The contributing organizations are committed to supporting children and young people to engage as members of society in ways that acknowledge and respond to gender roles.

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June 2009

Global Climate Change and Child Health: A review of pathways, impacts and measures to improve the evidence base

Yoko Akachi, Donna Goodman and David Parker for UNICEF IRC

Abstract: This paper reviews the published evidence of pathways and impacts of global climate change on child health. The review was occasioned by the recognition that most of the work to date on climate change and health lacks clear focus on the children’s dimension, while the climate change and children literature tends to be brief or imprecise on the complex health aspects.

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May 2008

Climate Change and Children: A Human Security Challenge

Donna Goodman and Selim Iltus for UNICEF Innocenti Research Center

The study reviews the implications of climate change for children and future generations, drawing on relevant experiences in different sectors and countries of promoting child rights and well-being. It traces in considerable detail the pathways through which shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns create serious additional barriers to the achievement of the child survival, development and protection goals embraced by the international community. The role of children as vital participants and agents of change emerges as a key theme.

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September 2005

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education. Children and Young People Leading the Way in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Donna Goodman for UNICEF

Abstract: This case study is designed to highlight participatory activities and interventions that were undertaken by UNICEF Lao PDR in partnership with Lao People’s Democratic Republic government counterparts and young people. The interventions were part of implementationof the revised Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy that emphasizes participation of communities and spells out clear roles and accountabilities from national to community level.

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August 2005

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education. Children and Young People Leading the Way in Tajikistan

Donna Goodman for UNICEF

Abstract: The future of every country is in the development of its children, and in Tajikistan, where slightly less than half of the six million citizens are under 18 years of age, efforts to support and build the capacity of young people and to encourage their leadership are essential toward the development of a sustainable society. To this end, the Ministry of Education, together with UNICEF have developed a comprehensive school based project for youth participation entitled the “School Sanitation and Hygiene Project.” This project has started to tap into an established network of 2 million students in 3,500 schools nationwide, in effort to mobilize schoolchildren as agents of change at home and in their communities.

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April 2005

Oxford Roundtable on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education for Schools

Donna Goodman for UNICEF WASH

This publication is a report of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Schools Roundtable meeting, which took place in Oxford, UK, 24-26 January 2005. With the support of Oxfam, UK, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), UNICEF and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) gathered more than 100 people to share experiences and expertise and to examine barriers to education related to water and sanitation issues.

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