Children of the New Millennium (2002)

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At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNICEF warned that `environmental degradation was killing children', and urgent action was called for. Ten years later, it is thought that one out of every five children will die before their fifth birthday, mainly because of environment-related diseases. Almost a third of all diseases in the world can be traced back to environmental causes, with water-linked diseases as the biggest killer. The programme investigates why children suffer disproportionately from pollution and environmental degradation, and looks at what the Johannesburg summit of late August 2002 could do to put children's health to the top of the international agenda.

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