Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states. Climate Change is a serious challenge, we face today. It disproportionately affects the most vulnerable segments especially the poor and disadvantaged children, especially in developing countries. The article 3.1 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enunciates the responsibility of member states to “protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations”.
Many of the statistics have been shared in the Concept note regarding the vulnerability of children to climate calamities. According to the UNICEF, Climate Change would further amplify existing health and survival risks especially to the poor children of developing countries considering their weak health and social support systems.
By 2030, the Climate Vulnerability Monitor (2012) estimates that economic losses from floods, storms, and landslides alone will reach $194 billion per year. Between 80% and 90% of economic costs will fall on developing countries, where, on average, children and youth under 24 years of age make up at least half of the population. All such climatic changes would greatly affect the economic and development goals of the developing countries. It may make it even harder for them to fulfil their international obligations especially those related to the rights of child considering the lack of resources. Therefore, we cannot disassociate the developmental aspect of the Climate Change from the discussion on its human rights related issues, and the right to development can act as a bridge between the both of these aspects.
Would the Panel agree that keeping in view resource constraints, the lack of technical expertise of the developing countries, there is a historical responsibility of developed countries to support developing countries, both technologically as well as financially, in order to help advance the objectives of the best interest of the child..
I thankyou Mr. President.