The overall goal is to create safe, healthy and clean environments that allow children to grow and develop in good health and to contribute to the economic and social development of societies. To achieve the goal, 5 target areas of work are included in the Global Plan of Action for Children's Health and the Environment: 1. Data Collection and Analysis 2. Collaborative Research 3. Advocacy 4. Clinical Service Delivery 5. Awareness Raising and Education As recognized in the Busan Pledge, the successful implementation of this global plan of action requires strong partnerships and close networking. Collaboration between and among WHO, WHO collaborating centres and international organizations, such as UNICEF and UNEP, national and regional organizations, regulatory bodies, governmental agencies and NGOs is essential for putting into action the specific components of the proposed plan and gaining the most benefit from limited resources. Children's environmental health activities have multiple links with other parallel activities, such as environmental protection, climate change adaptation, primary health care, specialized hospital- based health care, emergency response, disaster risk reduction, school activities and housing initiatives, and many other activities. It thus becomes clear that collaborative links have to be set up for each one of the objectives in this plan. Also, strong collaboration across WHO programmes and with the WHO Regional and Country Offices will be necessary in order to ensure success. An external WHO Advisory Committee for CEH is also needed to facilitate global efforts to implement this action plan.
Level of Education: Preschool, School
Lead Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)