Falling Short: Addressing the climate finance gap for children

Climate finance is key to implementing the ‘quantum leap’ in climate action required to meet the target of limiting temperature rises to 1.5°C and to safeguard communities from the impacts of climate change, yet global climate finance commitments remain unfulfilled and woefully inadequate, particularly for adaptation.

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Urgent and effective investment is particularly critical for children who are highly susceptible to the short and long-term impacts of climate change.

Children in low- and middle-income countries bear the brunt of climate-related losses and damages. Impacts are particularly acute for girls and other groups of children experiencing discrimination and inequality based on multiple and intersecting factors.

This study uses a set of three criteria to assess if climate finance from key multilateral climate funds serving the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement were:

  • addressing the distinct and heightened risks they experience from the climate crisis
  • strengthening the resilience of child-critical social services
  • empowering children as agents of change.

This report gives recommendations on ways to close the finance gap and better serve children affected by the climate emergency.

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