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How can the Education in Emergencies sector better respond to the climate emergency?

The Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies will be hosting two technical meetings, under the Areas of Common Concern at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks. Moira V Faul, NORRAG Executive Director will be speaking at the session: How can the Education in Emergencies sector better respond to the climate emergency? on 11 May, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST.

The rapid and intensifying climate crisis threatens children’s rights to education, healthcare, food and safety, among others. Considering that nearly half of all children – a billion or more – live in countries at extremely high risk of suffering the consequences of climate change, there is an urgent need to address its effects on the right to education.

Education in emergencies (EiE) can support and strengthen communities’ adaptive capacities and resilience to current and future risks posed by the climate crisis. It has the potential to ensure the meaningful, inclusive participation of local actors in strengthening the resilience of education systems against climate risks. The work of EiE can therefore benefit from reflection and discussion of the many interconnected effects of climate change, to protect the right to education in the face of the climate crisis and improve the lives of children and communities suffering from its impacts.

This session will discuss and outline how EiE responses can be improved to better combat the effects of the climate crisis on education. This event will aim to promote dialogue, information sharing and reflection among stakeholders, to assess how the EiE sector can help strengthen the resilience of education systems against climate risks. Furthermore, it will explore the possibilities of collaboration with local communities to support climate change adaptation in education, and safeguard children’s rights.

Speakers

  • Opening remarks: Dilmani, child campaigner from Sri Lanka
  • H.E. Laouali Labo, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Niger to the UN
  • IDMC
  • IFRC youth representative
  • Benedicte Giæver, Director of Expert Deployment, NORCAP
  • Moira Faul, Executive Director NORRAG, Graduate Institute
  • Moderated by Michelle Brown, Global Education Cluster Coordinator

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