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Wednesday, September 28 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(REF 28236) Children & youth at the intersection of education, climate change and health

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Climate change is increasingly impacting education in Latin America and the Caribbean, as slow and rapid-onset events damage and destroy schools, and impede access of students and teachers to the schools, as well as to potable water, hygiene and adequate nutrition in the school setting. Schools are not only a place of learning, they must provide an environment ensuring wellbeing, which requires sufficient physical resources for the most basic necessities, including safe drinking water, sanitation, adequate hygiene, and food. Furthermore, schools must allow the development of a community, one that is empowered to confront immediate and other challenges involved in adapting to climate change impacts and risks. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) deficiencies are the main cause of climate-sensitive infections and diminished health status in cases of temperature extremes/heatwaves. School meal programs are an important component of education around the world, helping to ensure all students have equal footing at school to reach their potential. Effective interventions and planning are crucial to save children's lives in both complex humanitarian crises, disease outbreaks and public health emergencies, and in contexts of marginalization, inequity and conflict. This panel will explore the impacts of climate change on education, the principles of WASH and the impacts of WASH interventions on children and youth in school settings, and the educational implications of school meal programs in a context of climate change.

Speakers
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Irene Torres

Inter- American Institute for Global Research (IAI)
Irene Torres is science policy advisor at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). She conducts research on health promotion, with a focus on school food, nutrition education and health education, health and education policy, migration and health, and more recently... Read More →
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Sunny Guidotti

Regional WASH specialist, UNICEF
Sunny Guidotti is the Regional WASH Specialist for the UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean office. She has previously led the national WASH sector in Myanmar with UNICEF. She has worked in different emergency contexts including in cyclone, hurricane, cholera, conflict, earthquake... Read More →
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Ruth Custode

Especialista en educación / Education Specialist, UNICEF
Ruth Custode es especialista en educación en situaciones de emergencia en la Oficina Regional del UNICEF para América Latina y el Caribe (LACRO). Ha trabajado durante varios años como parte del equipo de emergencia, asegurándose de que las prioridades de la educación formen parte... Read More →
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Carole Faucher

Senior Advisor and UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education., Nordic Center for conflict transformation and UNESCO
Carole Faucher is Senior Advisor at the Nordic Center for conflict transformation and research affiliate of the UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education. Her research primarily focuses on issues pertaining to social identity processes and emotional wellbeing of children and young... Read More →

Conveners
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Irene Torres

Inter- American Institute for Global Research (IAI)
Irene Torres is science policy advisor at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). She conducts research on health promotion, with a focus on school food, nutrition education and health education, health and education policy, migration and health, and more recently... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
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