Live webstream: A future for the world’s children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission

12 February, 2020

Dear HIFA and CHIFA colleagues,

Forwarded from the WHO website. Read online here:


A future for the world’s children?

A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission

The health and future of children is under immediate threat.

We urgently need to bring about a new global movement for child health.

You are invited to the livestreamed launch [, on Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 14:00 -16:00 CET, at the World Health Organization, of a major new report on child health and well-being, entitled A future for the world’s children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission.

The report constitutes the first comprehensive, independent report to reposition every aspect of child health through the lens of our rapidly changing climate and other existential threats. It is the result of more than two years of work by 40 child health experts from around the world, led by Her Excellencies Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Awa Coll-Seck, Minister of State of Senegal.

The report details critical, emerging risks to child health; proposes novel solutions; and calls for urgent action to achieve measurable results. Progress on indicators of child health and well-being is currently stalled across the SDGs, but can be jump-started with the right focus, leadership, involvement, policies and investment.


Dr Helen Clark, former Prime Minister, New Zealand; Commission Co-Chair

Dr Awa Coll-Seck, Minister of State, Senegal; Commission Co-Chair

Ms Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

This high-level event will include a discussion with leading experts, government officials and civil society.


Best wishes, Neil

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