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by Helen Clark*, Awa Marie Coll-Seck*, Anshu Banerjee... etc.

Key messages

  1. The health and rights of all children and adolescents are under threat. Some of the most pressing harms include a rapidly changing climate, mass commercial marketing of harmful products like sugar, fast food, tobacco and alcohol, and growing inequities.
  2. When we invest in children, we invest in the future. Investing in a child’s health, development and their environment bring benefits throughout life, and across generations.
  3. We call on governments, civil society, communities and young people around the world to join a global movement that puts child and adolescent health at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals. Threats to their health and wellbeing must be addressed, ensuring no child is left behind.
  4. Strong, unified action today – including stopping greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible -is the only way to promote children’s healthy growth and development and protect their rights.
  5. A global movement for children cannot take place without them at the heart. Children and youth must be invited into, meaningfully engaged, and their views respected as key stakeholders in decision making and policies that affect their health and their futures. 

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by Manzoor Ahmed

 Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, a global ECD expert and one of the leading advocates for ECD in
Bangladesh, attended the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood
Development in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 4-6 December 2019 and shared his insights on
the risks young children face under environmental threats and changing climates.  

 Dr. Ahmed reinforced the interlinkages
between the environment and ECD and outlined key action measures in Bangladesh
to protect young children. 

See the full article of Dr. Ahmed in

The views in the article are those of Dr.Ahmed and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARNEC.


by Aisha K Yousafzai, PhD

 Dr. Aisha Yousafzai, associate professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan, cited the impacts of climate change on young children during her keynote presentation in the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 4 December 2019.  

ECD Calendar
19 February 2020

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 F ebruary 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. 

Photo Credit: World Health Organisation.

21 - 24 October 2015

China’s Fourth International Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Poverty Reduction Summit and 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Beijing, China

Main theme: ‘The transformative power of ECD for equitable Development’,

Subtheme 1: The child

Subtheme 2: Immediate environment the child lives in 

Subtheme 3: Society 

To access all presentation see the ARNEC ECD library  

01 - 03 March 2017

'The transformative power of ECD: the importance of holistic interventions' 


1. Policies and programmes which address the holistic nature of ECD in a broader spectrum that integrates but is not limited to health and nutrition, responsive caregiving, early learning, and protection.

2. Approaches which focus on equitable access to, and participation in, these holistic programmes and which therefore address discrimination based on gender, economic status, vulnerability, language/ethnicity, disability, and geography.

3. Quality monitoring of outcomes/measurements/indicators (how countries monitor the ECD-related targets in the SDGs) with special reference to inequity.

To access the Conference programme and all presentations CLICK HERE 

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