In 2008 Save the Children estimated that over the coming decade every year 175 million children will be affected by climate related disasters.
In a 2011 report UNICEF UK estimated that by 2050 there will be 25 million more children not getting the food they need as a result of climate change.
As children are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, UNICEF UK are working to protect the children’s rights by supporting the climate change fund.
The climate change fund will work to transfer money from the developed to the developing world to help them cope with the changes brought by climate change. It has the objective to raise $100 billion a year by 2020.
Sadiq met with Dr Anupama Dolly Agrawal at the beginning of November to discuss the UNICEF UK campaign. Dr Agrawal works as paediatrician with a special interest in child protection and has trained to be a children's champion and campaigner for UNICEF UK.
Sadiq is now lobbying the Government to make the Green Climate Fund a Government priority in time for the Conference of Parties in Doha on 26th November.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Dr Agrawal is a fantastic children’s champion and I was really pleased when she asked to meet with me. The work of UNICEF UK in protecting children is so important and I continue to support their valuable work.
"Making a real commitment to the Green Climate Fund should be a priority of this Government. As children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change it is important that the UK makes this commitment now to support and safeguard children.
“I have asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to speak up for children and make this a priority.”
Dr Anupama Dolly Agrawal said:
"It was very reassuring to hear Sadiq Khan say that, for him, supporting the Green Climate Fund is a no brainer.
“Sadiq Khan and his team are very engaged with this important issue and recognise the importance of protecting children's rights."