UN Environment and WHO agreed to a new collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12 million deaths a year, mostly in developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
The agreement will step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and anti-microbial resistance, as well as improve coordination of waste and chemicals management, water quality, and food and nutrition issues.
Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO, signed the agreement in Nairobi, according to a WHO statement released in New Delhi.
The collaboration also includes joint management of the 'Breathe Life' advocacy campaign to reduce air pollution for multiple climate, environment and health benefits.
"There is an urgent need for our two agencies to work more closely together to address the critical threats to environmental sustainability "
WHO-World Health Organization
=>Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
=>Founded: 7 April 1948
=>Head: Tedros Adhanom
=>Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya
=>Head: Erik Solheim
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