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Millennium Development Goals

 Related UNEP Activities:

# 4, 5, 6

Improve Public Health
"Human beings are at the centre of concern for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature."   Rio Declaration, 1992

# 4. Reduce Child Mortality
Diseases (such as diarrhea) tied to unclean water and inadequate sanitation and respiratory infections related to pollution are among the leading killers of children under five. Lack of fuel for boiling water also contributes to preventable waterborne diseases.

# 5. Improve Maternal Health
Inhaling polluted indoor air and carrying heavy loads of water and fuel wood hurt women’s health and can make them less fit to bear children, with greater risks of complications during pregnancy. And lack of energy for illumination and refrigeration, as well as inadequate sanitation, undermine health care, especially in rural areas.

# 6. Combat Major Diseases
Up to 20%of the disease burden in developing countries may be due to environmental risk factors (as with malaria and parasitic infections). Preventative measures to reduce such hazards are as important as treatment – and often more cost-effective. New biodiversity-derived medicines hold promise for fighting major diseases.
Source: Human Development Report / 2003

HELI is a global effort by WHO and UNEP to promote and facilitate action in developing countries to reduce environmental threats to human health, in support of sustainable development objectives. HELI supports a more coherent approach to valuing the services that ecosystems provide to human health as part of decision-making processes.    more

Goal # 1

Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Goal # 3

Promote Gender Equality

 Goals # 4, 5, 6

 Improve Public Health

 Goal # 7

Ensure Environmental Sustainability

 Goal # 8

Global Partnership for Development



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