WFC Healthy Children Conference Closing Plenary

Conference Report “Healthy Planet, Healthy Children”

We have breached the safe planetary boundary for chemical pollution. The impact of this pollution has become more and more visible over the last years. Children are exposed to hundreds of chemicals, resulting in 1.7 million children dying before the age of 5 each year. To urge further action and highlight existing solutions, we held an online conference entitled “Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Success Factors For A Future Without Toxics on May 19th 2022, in anticipation of Stockholm+50 and in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Michael Otto Foundation and Jua Foundation. The event gathered international, academic, NGO and policy experts, who shared their insights on how hazardous chemicals affect children’s health, discussed key success factors of chemical policies, and presented policies winning the Future Policy Award and a set of useful policy recommendations, in order to advance the protection from hazardous chemicals. Amongst them, Dr. Monika Gail MacDevette (Chief of the Chemicals and Health Branch, UNEP), Alexandra Wandel (Executive Director of the World Future Council), Nikhil Seth (UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director), Renate Künast (Member of Parliament and former Federal Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Germany), Angela Bandemehr (Senior International Program Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency), Anja Leetz (Advisor One Health, GIZ), Baogen Gu (Senior Agricutural Officer Pest and Pesticide Management, FAO), and many more.

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In the aftermath of this important event and on the occasion of World Environment Day (5th June 2022), the World Future Council and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) launched their new report “A Healthy Planet for Healthy Children”, which provides key facts on how hazardous chemicals affect children’s health, inspires with award -winning policies and highlights the most critical policy recommendations for a toxic-free future. You can find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3NJMbBW