#KidsFirst is a civil society campaign that puts the interests of children and adolescents at the center of the climate crisis debate. Children represent a third of the global population and are the ones who suffer the most from the impacts of climate change. From natural disasters to water and food shortages, these impacts undermine children’s development and put their basic rights at risk.

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In 2022, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UNFCCC – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, but in thirty years, no decision taken in this forum has focused on protecting children in the face of the climate crisis. At COP27, we can change that. We need to take into account the catastrophic implications posed by climate change for children’s rights and listen to the growing global movement of children and youth calling for ambitious climate action.

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CAP – Children Action Plan is an essential COP agreement that aims to promote child-responsive climate action. CAP’s mission is to integrate their needs as children and ensure their full participation in the areas of adaptation, engagement, finance, global stocktake and gender in a coherent, equitable and meaningful way in the implementation of the UNFCCC processes through all its stakeholders.

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When we talk about climate crisis, children are not taken into account in the debate or negotiations. Children, especially black, indigenous and quilombola girls, are the most affected by a problem they did not create. And the impacts of this crisis affect their physical and mental health, access to education and way of life.

Learn about the effects of the climate crisis on children and let’s fight for long-term solutions.

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Children’s voice. Research shows what Brazilian children from four to 12 years old think about climate change.

Education. Floods or droughts affect children’s access to school, leading to hunger and child labor.

Gender. Women lead the fight against climate change and are the main victims: the climate crisis increases the rates of child marriage, exploitation and sexual violence.

Indigenous children. Indigenous children. Deforestation increases malnutrition, mercury contamination, disease and cases of violence and sexual exploitation.

Racism. Socio-environmental inequalities have color, gender, age and place. Discussing racial inequality is fundamental and part of the fight for climate and socio-environmental justice.

Health. Hunger, new diseases and pandemics, respiratory problems: the effects of climate change require joint efforts and prioritizing children.


About 1 billion children and adolescents live in countries classified as having extremely high climate risk. We need reinforced and specific measures to protect the new generations, especially children and young people from the Global South – poor, black, indigenous and with disabilities –, the invisible victims of the climate crisis. A safe climate for children is a safe climate for everyone.

Here’s how you can support the #KidsFirst campaign:

>> INCLUDE children as a priority in climate finance, adaptation and loss and damage mechanisms;
>> RESPECT gender equity, especially girls;
>> DEFEND the rights of indigenous children and traditional communities in all dimensions;
>> SUPPORT the creation of a Children Action Plan (CAP), which proposes to mainstream children’s rights in climate negotiations.

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We have selected key documents to support negotiators in their mission to put children first in the COP27 agreements.

CERI Position Paper - COP 27

Position Paper for COP 27 by the members of the Chidren Environmental Rights Initiative

A COP Fit For Children: How to support children's participation

Save the Children's Resource Centre report sets out how the organisers of COP and states involved in COP can make the climate summit inclusive for all children in the processes leading up to COP, COP itself, and in the follow-up process.

Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action

A pledge by champion governments to uphold priorities identified by children and youth across the world.


#KidsFirst is a civil society campaign that puts the interests of children and adolescents at the center of the climate crisis debate. See who supports #KidsFirst:


We are a social and environmental impact group based in Brazil that promotes and inspires a better world for children. A sustainable, fair, inclusive, egalitarian and plural world. A world that celebrates and protects democracy, social justice, human and children's rights with absolute priority. A world that takes care of its people, its forests, its seas, its air.


We are a network of 58 parent groups from 23 countries who are uniting for climate action to protect the kids we love from the climate crisis. We act because we owe it to our kids, many of them too young to make their voices heard and to vote.


Support the #KidsFirst campaign, write about children and young people and their fight for a better environment for all of us.

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+55 11 950841344 (Regiane Oliveira)

+55 13 997218682 (Belisa Barga)

[email protected]

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