Climate Action for the Last Mile: Reaching the Most Vulnerable Children


KOICA and UNICEF join hands to support the strengthening of climate-resilient social services in Asia and Africa

BALI, INDONESIA, 21 May 2024 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) inked a landmark US$39 million climate grant today to help facilitate the delivery of climate-smart social services in the East Asia Pacific Region and the Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

This three-year partnership will help to strengthen the resilience of child-critical social services and empower children as agents of change.
The programme aims to develop climate-smart and gender-responsive social services for children so that they are better protected from the climate crisis.

“UNICEF is grateful to the Government and the people of the Republic of Korea
for their support for children on the frontlines of the climate crisis,” said Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director. “KOICA’s climate funding will help to build community resilience and ensure that children have access to essential services and supplies – like healthcare, education, water and food – even when climate-related disasters strike.”

Specifically, the partnership will strengthen climate-smart social services in Asia (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste) and Africa (Comoros and Zimbabwe). These countries were selected based on KOICA’s dual priorities of supporting fragile and/or conflict countries and aligning with the Korean government’s commitment to addressing the interlinkages among the humanitarian, development, and peace interventions.

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Climate Action for the Last Mile

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