The Global Collaborative

Collective global and local action is needed to meet the scale of the challenge to protect children’s health and development from environmental risks.
On 24 September 2022 in the Community of Lisboa, Loreto, Peru, Edreith Aricari, 18, holds her 11-month-old son Eric Chota after being treated by a UNICEF-supported health brigade for a stomach infection and fever. Since its difficult for his mother to take him to a health post, the arrival of the brigade was crucial for the health of Eric and other children.

The Children's Environmental Health Collaborative

The mission of the Collaborative is to mobilize international action to protect child health and development from the impact of climate change and environmental degradation. 

The Collaborative is a multi-stakeholder initiative established in 2023 that provides a shared vision, identity and platform to amplify the work of its partners to protect children’s environmental health. Partners of the Children's Environmental Health Collaborative are united around a common vision – that all children deserve to grow up in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment – and believe that working together will help get there faster. 

The Collaborative draws from existing global frameworks and partner resources to support and galvanize collective action. The Collaborative is not a separate legal entity, it does not develop intergovernmental policy, and is not a financing mechanism.

Objectives of the Collaborative


The Collaborative aims to inspire, motivate, equip and mobilize efforts through advocacy, brokering knowledge and catalysing action.

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By 2026, the Collaborative will support partners in



Advancing action with governments in 50 low-and middle-income countries to protect children from environmental risks.



Reaching 30 million caregivers with campaigns to help them recognize, prevent and manage at least one environmental health exposure.



Training 100,000 health workers on how to recognize and manage environmental risks.



Engaging teachers and caregivers in 25,000 schools and early childhood centres on actions they can take to reduce environmental risks.

Priority actions

The collaborative aims to accelerate action in five priority areas at the country level:

Esther Achieng, the Village Health Technician (VHT) following up with (Akongo Tereza) the mother of a 13 month old child who has just been immunized.

Conduct national assessments and monitor children’s environmental health, with due attention to age, gender and geography, to identify areas of concern.

Set national targets and integrate child-specific interventions in health and environment-related policies with the involvement of young people. 

Adopt and enforce public health, environmental, climate and labour laws, regulations and standards to protect children’s health.

Establish roles and responsibilities for children’s environmental health, and develop sectoral capacities to deliver on their environmental health mandates.

Engage communities, frontline service providers and local governments, on reducing environmental risks and their impacts on children’s health, development and well-being.