In February, 2020, the WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission’s report A Future for the World’s Children? examined threats facing children—from climate change and related crises of poverty, migration, and malnutrition; commercial marketing of harmful substances; and across all sectors, from unsafe roads and hazardous housing to inadequate education and social protection.
The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating many of these threats, jeopardizing child welfare gains, and causing a global economic crisis in which children will be prime casualties.
Yet recovery and adaptation to COVID-19 can be used to build a better world for children and future generations.
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