UNICEF on the importance of children's participation in disaster risk reduction

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Child sleeping on a bed, surrounded by floodwater, in his home in Khwas Koorona village, Pakistan. (UNICEF/Asad Zaidi)

Floods, earthquakes and other disasters are traumatic, and for children they can be especially destabilizing.

For this reason, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says there is a need for programmes which ensure that children know what to do when a disaster strikes, for example, while they are at school.

Antony Spalton, a UNICEF Risk Reduction Specialist, attended a UN forum in Geneva on disaster risk reduction which brought together governments, international agencies, and even children from disaster-prone areas.

He tells UN Radio's Patrick Maigua that it's important that children's perspectives on safety are included in discussions on the issue of disaster risk reduction.

Duration: 3'12"

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