ACFID submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s Inquiry into the Implications of Climate Change for Australia’s National Security
This framework guides efforts to build urban resilience that support children, youth, girls and boys. It integrates child and human rights into resilient urban development, enabling children to become agents of resilience. Public and private stakeholders can use this guide to assess and adapt current efforts to build resilience; identify opportunities; promote co-ordination and develop pathways to greater resilience through new initiatives.
Plan International’s Child-Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) Phase II project is a two-year regional initiative (2014–2016), implemented in three countries in South East Asia—Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, targeting 3,347 beneficiaries in 23 communities. The Phase II project, funded by the Australian Government and Plan International in Australia and Spain, is an expansion of the Phase I three-year pilot project, which ran from 2011 to 2014.
This submission addresses in turn: - the definition of a child contained in the Bill; - the necessity for legislative protection of children at risk of child marriage within the State; and - the importance of non-legislative child marriage protection and prevention measures in Australia.
At least 14 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year – nearly 39,000 a day. These girls typically drop out of education and often fall pregnant before their bodies are fully developed – and 50,000 teenagers a year die due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth. Written in conjunction with Anti-Slavery Australia, this report urges the Australian Government to play a key role in ending child marriage through its foreign aid program and by advocating for a UN General Assembly resolution to end the practice.
This publication aims to contribute to the dialogue on involving youth in development, with the aim to raise awareness among Non Government Organisations and civil society. It draws on material presented at the Australian Council For International development (ACFID) Child Rights Working Group conference Reframing the Youth Bulge: From Problem to Solution, held at Australian National University on 3 May 2013.