Health of our children depends on a multitude of factors, including state of environment, nutrition, education, role of parents, quality of products for children, to name just a few.
Impact of adverse environmental factors is much more significant for children, and over one-third of children’s illnesses are attributable to these factors. A child’s ventilation is 2-3 times more active than that of adults, and combined with lower height, it makes our children much more susceptible to hazards of ground pollution both inside the buildings and in the street. At the same time, environmental standards and regulations in most countries are based solely on adult testing.
Physical well-being of children is often neglected by businesses in pursuit of profits. Elaborate and effective systems of state oversight and industry self-regulation exist in only parts of the world, most notably in the European Union. In most countries, however, such systems are non-existent, inefficient or cumbersome, resulting in inferior-quality and hazardous toys, food and other products for children.
Together with the roles of family, school and neighbourhood, these factors create general environment for our children. In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, this environment can no longer be improved on a national scale alone. We need to ensure transnational efforts, combined with sharing best practices across nations.
Generation 2030 works to bring together experts in various related disciplines from different countries, to share latest research and best practices – with the objective to translate them into results-oriented solutions.