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Protecting Education Rights Amid Climate Displacement

The Japan News featured an article by a UNU-IAS expert on the education challenges faced by climate-displaced people.

On 23 August 2023, The Japan News published an opinion piece by Jonghwi Park (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS) and Ying-Syuan (Elaine) Huang (postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Education, McGill University) on the urgent need to address the education challenges faced by climate-displaced people.  

Drawing on recent research conducted by UNU-IAS and UNESCO, the authors argue that international and national efforts should focus on adapting the education sector to be more resilient to climate impacts. Education should also be placed at the center of efforts to mitigate climate change. 

The Japan News is the English-language sister publication of Japan’s highest-circulation daily newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. 

The urgency of addressing the education challenges faced by climate change displaced persons can no longer be overlooked. International solidarity, data-informed mitigation and adaption, and climate change literacy are first steps among many to follow. It is only through these crucial actions that education can become a catalyst for resilience, empowerment and sustainable solutions in the face of climate change.

The full article is available on The Japan News website and in print. 

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