UNEP, WHO join hands to combat environmental health risks

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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered for a new initiative to combat environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year.

The partnership seeks to address air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance. With focus on the developing world, it will take actions to improve coordination on waste and chemicals management, water quality, and food and nutrition issues.

“Our health is directly related to the health of the environment we live in. Together, air, water and chemical hazards kill some 12.6 million people a year. This cannot and must not continue,” said Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO.

The alliance will jointly manage the BreatheLife advocacy campaign to reduce air pollution for multiple climate, environment and health benefits.

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