THE Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI) launched a newly-redesigned program for children and youths titled Building Resilience through Child Centred Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) and Disaster Risk Management at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva on Wednesday.
Australian High Commission's acting Counsellor for Regional Development Cooperation John Morley said this program was an extension of the 4CA program, which ended in June this year.
He said this provided a platform where children and youths, including their communities in the region, were able to engage and participate in climate change adaptation activities.
"What's most significant is the realisation that building resilience is a long-term challenge and, therefore, including children in the 'Building Resilience through 4CA and DRM Program' makes sense," Mr Morley said.
FSPI's Disaster Risk Management program manager Roshni Chand said the program was important because it would help children participate in events that concerned their future.
Of particular emphasis, she said, was climate change and disasters reasoning, this global phenomena would affect a child's right to survival, protection, development and participation.
"If children are excluded from participating in their aid and associated decision-making processes, which is led by adults, we feel that is kind of incomplete," Ms Chand said.
"Children need to be there, they need to understand what's being discussed and they need to participate, they need to raise their concerns regarding these issues."
FSPI will also implement the program in PNG, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati.