Unicef estimates that around 250 million children live in countries impacted by humanitarian crises. These crises stem from conflicts they did not create. Conflicts in which they have no say. Conflicts which are destroying their childhoods.
Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recognises children and young people’s right to participate in policy decisions that affect them. This is underpinned by the youth engagement strand of the Sustainable Development Goals.
However, the voices of children and young people are still largely absent in humanitarian and development policy discussions. Their views are routinely ignored and are rarely considered by decision-makers. Click here to read more.