Environment, health and pollution

New understanding about the mounting risks to health and ecosystem degradation, and positive contributions to health from ecosystems services mandates a fresh approach on health and environment linkages. UN Environment recently established the Pollution and Health Unit to address the important issues and linkages between Environment and Health within the organization and with partner organizations and stakeholders.

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Confronting the ultimate cost of pollution: Our children’s health

Every year, 1.7 million children die because they live in unhealthy environments. More than one in four deaths of all children under the age of five are the result of air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack…

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Regional initiatives

The complex and interlinked range of hazards and risks requires cooperation amongst stakeholders at the national and regional level including the development of integrated policies that address health, environment and development goals coherently. Recognizing this need, several regions have initiated processes aim at fostering sectoral coordination between the environment and health sector. Some of these processes are listed below:

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