UNICEF / CHILDREN HEALTH CLIMATE

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No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. The Commission was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet. UNICEF

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STORY: UNICEF / CHILDREN HEALTH CLIMATE
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DATELINE: VARIOUS DATES AND LOCATIONS

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25-27 JANUARY 2020, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

1. Close up, girl look on with ads in background
2. Various shots, sweets stand
3. Med shots, children look through different sweets and chocolate at sweets stand
4. Wide shot, group of children designing signs that will protest against the effects of climate change
5. Med shot, over the shoulder shot of a young person drawing a poster to protest against climate change
6. Close up, poster to protest against climate change
7. Close up, poster to protest against climate change
8. Wide shot, children playing in park
9. Med shot, girl swings between monkey bars in park
10. Med shot, girl swings between monkey bars in park
11. Med shot, girl and parent playing on seesaw
12. Close up, teenage boy’s face as he looks down at his mobile phone

25-27 JANUARY 2020, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA

13. Various shots, girls eating at fast food restaurant
14. Wide shot, children playing football
15. Wide shot, children racing
16. Med shot, teacher in classroom
17. Med shots, students in class

7-18 FEBRUARY 2020, GLASGOW / EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

18. Med shot, girl walking past billboard
19. Med shot, girl walking
20. Med shot, children eating fast food
21. Various shots, children football outside Saint Anne’s Primary School
22. Various shots, sisters watch a video on an iPad
23. Med shots, child drawing in classroom
24. Various shots, children eating healthy school lunch Craigentinny Primary School
25. Med shot, child drinking milk at Craigentinny Primary School

STORYLINE:

No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. The Commission was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet.

The report titled ‘A Future for the World’s Children?’ found that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children.

The report included a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing, including measures of child survival and well-being, such as health, education, and nutrition; sustainability, with a proxy for greenhouse gas emissions, and equity, or income gaps.

According to the report, while the poorest countries need to do more to support their children’s ability to live healthy lives, excessive carbon emissions – disproportionately from wealthier countries – threaten the future of all children. If global warming exceeds four degrees Celsius by the year 2100 in line with current projections, this would lead to devastating health consequences for children, due to rising ocean levels, heatwaves, proliferation of diseases like malaria and dengue, and malnutrition.

The index showed that children in Norway, the Republic of Korea, and the Netherlands have the best chance at survival and well-being, while children in Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali face the worst odds. However, when authors took per capita CO2 emissions into account, the top countries trail behind: Norway ranked 156, the Republic of Korea 166, and the Netherlands 160. Each of the three emits 210 per cent more CO2 per capita than their 2030 target. The United States of America (USA), Australia, and Saudi Arabia are among the ten worst emitters.

The only countries on track to beat CO2 emission per capita targets by 2030, while also performing fairly (within the top 70) on child flourishing measures are: Albania, Armenia, Grenada, Jordan, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uruguay and Viet Nam.

The report also highlighted the distinct threat posed to children from harmful marketing. Evidence suggests that children in some countries see as many as 30,000 advertisements on television alone in a single year, while youth exposure to vaping (e-cigarettes) advertisements increased by more than 250 per cent in the USA over two years, reaching more than 24 million young people.

Children’s exposure to commercial marketing of junk food and sugary beverages is associated with purchase of unhealthy foods and overweight and obesity, linking predatory marketing to the alarming rise in childhood obesity. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, with dire individual and societal costs.

To protect children, the independent Commission authors called for a new global movement driven by and for children. Specific recommendations included:

1. Stop CO2 emissions with the utmost urgency, to ensure children have a future on this planet;
2. Place children and adolescents at the centre of our efforts to achieve sustainable development;
3. New policies and investment in all sectors to work towards child health and rights;
4. Incorporate children’s voices into policy decisions;
5. Tighten national regulation of harmful commercial marketing, supported by a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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