Disasters and climate related catastrophes are increasing the dangers children face, according to a recent report by Najat Maalla M'jid, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
The devastating impact of such catastrophes on children were discussed at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council at the end of March.
"Children's vulnerability is significantly increased when they are separated from their families, unaccompanied, orphaned or displaced following humanitarian crisis," warned M'jid.
Misty Buswell, Deputy Head of Office at Save the Children in Switzerland, highlighted disasters such as drought which many seemed to think did not require a child protection component.
"Responses typically focus on food. But drought causes displacement and increases vulnerability, especially amongst children. Such disasters also require protection and funding mechanisms", she said in an article by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
Read the full article here.
Read the report here.