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The scientific community has sounded the alarm. Climate change is a global emergency and we have little more than a decade to undertake the urgent and unprecedented action required to limit global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Beyond that time, the risks of deadly drought, flooding, heatwaves, extreme weather, and poverty will significantly worsen for hundreds of millions of people.

Children will continue to suffer the most under the impacts of climate change. With this in mind, UNICEF has set out to examine current national climate policies/plans to ascertain how child-sensitive2 they are and provide recommendations on how to strengthen the focus on children’s rights, including actionable and measurable results for children.

Despite the many ways climate change impacts them, children are consistently overlooked in the design and content of climate policies and related processes.

In order to overcome this lapse, this report assesses the current landscape of national climate change policies and plans and the degree to which these are child-sensitive. To that end, UNICEF analyzed 160 NDCs3 and 13 NAPs comprising a quantitative and qualitative assessment, based on:

• A systematic search of key words to capture any direct or relevant reference to children and youth in the policy.

• An assessment of the nature of the reference to evaluate whether this was ‘substantive’ or ‘passive’.

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by Bernard van Leer Foundation

The Starter Kit is designed to help municipal governments and their partners understand the value of investing in their youngest inhabitants and the people who care for them, and to provide actionable ideas and guidance on how to do so. 

The Starter Kit includes:

• An introduction to early childhood development and why it matters for cities

• An introduction to Urban95

• Ideas for action

• Implementation guidance

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This brief seeks to shed light on these questions. Developed by the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI), a multi-stakeholder global initiative co-led by Results for Development (R4D) and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) that works to support and empower those who work directly with young children, the brief highlights common approaches parenting programs are using to continue engaging with families, including transitioning to deliver services virtually and adapting to provide enhanced psychosocial support. We use the five priority actions to support the early childhood workforce outlined in ECWI’s COVID-19 Position Statement as a light guide and explore how some parenting programs are prioritizing the health, safety, and psychosocial well-being, expanding training and guidance, and recognizing the workforce delivering these critical services. Several short case studies provide context and detail to these programs’ efforts and the brief concludes with a set of reflections on the challenges and possibilities ahead.

Author(s): Kavita Hatipoglu with support from Michelle Neuman and Denise Bonsu (R4D) and Konstantina Rentzou and Zorica Trikic (ISSA)

To learn more about the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI), please visit  

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by SUN Movement Secretariat

SCALING UP NUTRITION TODAY: Looking at progress, building back better

This is the first part of the 2020 report and online portal , celebrating 10 years of SUN. This report will take an innovative approach; the first of four launches, where bite-sized, illustrative stories to spur nutrition action around SUN and beyond will be in the spotlight. There will be more chapters, videos, interactive maps, and graphs showing the progress of the Movement in the coming months.

The report is available in English, en français, y en español. 

Visit for more information.  

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10 March 2021

Register now! ARNEC Webinar Series 2, No.3. 

ARNEC is pleased to host the webinar series entitled, 'Nurturing care for young children: seeking solutions for addressing disparities heightened by the impact of COVID-19'.

For this webinar series, the thematic focus will be on health and nutrition, early learning, responsive caregiving, and child safety and security, all of which are dimensions of nurturing care. The series will explore the long-term impact of COVID-19 on these nurturing care components, especially on the most vulnerable groups, and draw out innovations and solutions from the countries as they design and implement their recovery and resiliency plans.

ARNEC aims to mobilise the ECD community in the region, particularly practitioners, policy makers, and advocates at the country level, to share community, local and/or country-level solutions which adapt nurturing care practices and ECD programmes to the current realities and long-term effects of COVID-19.

The third webinar in the series focuses on the status and solutions in promoting responsive caregiving for young children in the Asia-Pacific region during and beyond the pandemic. A special emphasis will also be made on building resilience and the positive bond between caregivers and young children through playful parenting in support of pandemic recovery in the home and community.

The following questions shall be explored:

1.    What are the long-term effects of COVID-19 on responsive caregiving and parenting? 

2.    How do countries and governments strengthen their parenting programs and interventions to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, both short- and long-term?

3.    What evidence have we generated to elevate the role of play to support home-based ECD interventions as part of pandemic recovery and to support policy change?

4.    What have we learned about parenting education interventions during the pandemic and how do we use these experiences to inform recovery strategies and ECD investments?

5.    What evidence-based resources and tools are available to support parents and caregivers as they engage their young children in home-based developmental practices? 


1)Dr Jamie M. Lachman, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford / University of Glasgow

2) Dr. Dipu Shakya Education Specialist, UNICEF Nepal

3) Sandipan Paul, Education Specialist, UNICEF Pacific

Moderator: Shikha Jain, Technical Advisor in Plan India and ARNEC Steering Committee member (Core Team Representative)

26 - 28 February 2021

ECCE Council, Malaysia organizes International Virtual Early Childhood Education Conference. 

Early bird registration extended till 15 February 2021! 

For more information on programmes and registration fees, please visit:    

Register now!  

25 February 2021

Join the virtual side event to the 52nd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission. 

For millions of children, the extent to which the world delivers on the promise of the Global Goals will determine the course of their lives – and their lives determine the future of this planet. But five years in and with COVID-19 reversing much progress, are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for children? How has COVID-19 changed the world for children?

Launch of the UNICEF SDG data portal and COVID-19 hub. 

Speakers include Chief Statisticians, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director and UNICEF staff working on child related indicators.

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. (EST) 

Register now!  

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