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Clark, Helen and Coll-Seck, Awa Marie and Banerjee, Anshu and Peterson, Stefan and Dalglish, Sarah L and Ameratunga, Shanthi and Balabanova, Dina and Kishan Bhan, Maharaj and Bhutta, Zulfiqar A and Borrazzo, John and Claeson, Mariam and Doherty, Tanya and El-Jardali, Fadi and George, Asha S and Gichaga, Angela and Gram, Lu and Hipgrave, David B and Kwamie, Aku and Meng, Qingyue and al., et (2020) A future for the world’s children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission. The Lancet , 395 , (10224) , pp. 605-658.

URL: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/...

Executive summary
Despite dramatic improvements in survival, nutrition, and education over recent decades, today’s children face an uncertain future. Climate change, ecological degradation, migrating populations, conflict, pervasive inequalities, and predatory commercial practices threaten the health and future of children in every country. In 2015, the world’s countries agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet nearly 5 years later, few countries have recorded much progress towards achieving them. This Commission presents the case for placing children, aged 0–18 years, at the centre of the SDGs: at the heart of the concept of sustainability and our shared human endeavour. Governments must harness coalitions across sectors to overcome ecological and commercial pressures to ensure children receive their rights and entitlements now and a liveable planet in the years to come.


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