Words into Action guidelines: On the frontline of disaster risk reduction and resilience: Children and youth engagement guide for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

Children and youth under age 30 currently make up more than half the world’s population. They are the ones who will benefit most from reducing disaster risk and impacts, curtailing climate chaos and achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As this Words into Action (WiA) guide illustrates, their contributions are already making a difference for more inclusive DRR and resilience-building policies, more prepared households, healthier children and youth, and safer communities. However more can, and must, be done to support and engage children and youth around the world in DRR to fully implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

This guide aims to ensure worldwide access to expertise, communities of practice and networks of DRR practitioners. The guide offers specific advice on implementing a feasible, people-centered approach to supporting and engaging children in disaster risk reduction and resilience-buildingIt provides high-level knowledge on the topic, as well as links to multiple sources that can provide more in-depth information. The WiA guide includes five interrelated areas:

  • The Overview highlights the value of supporting, engaging and empowering children and youth when implementing the Sendai Framework. 
  • Section 01 provides an overview on children, youth and the Sendai Framework by first showing the synergies between DRR, climate change and the SDGs, and then offering ideas for action within the Framework’s four Priorities for Action.
  • Section 02 explores inclusive DRR as called for in the Sendai Framework, which requires a meaningful commitment to leave no child or youth behind no matter where they live, who they are and the influences on their lives. 
  • Section 03 aims to increase the collective impact of DRR and resilience-building through a multisectoral approach focused on education; health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and the environment; social protection; child protection; livelihoods; and shelter, housing and human settlements. 
  • Section 04 promotes the idea that how adults support and engage children and youth is as important as why. This section offers the strategic and critical value of creative, fun and engaging processes in DRR and resilience initiatives, including practical advice, definitions and case studies on meaningful engagement and innovation.

How we work together now in implementing the Sendai Framework will not only impact young lives, but affect the trajectory of humanity in the decades to come.

VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, Cartagena, Colombia 20-22 June 2018 VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, Cartagena, Colombia 20-22 June 2018.
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