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As a founding partner, UNICEF helped establish the Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative to mobilize international action to protect child health and development from the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. Environmental hazards have been linked to a range of significant health risks for children. 

A child born today has a much better chance of reaching their fifth birthday than ever before. But climate change and environmental degradation threaten to reverse progress on child and adolescent survival, health and well-being. Therefore, UNICEF implements its work to protect children's health from these risks through the Healthy Environments for Healthy Children programme.