Today is World Children’s Day

2017-11-20 08:56 GMT+8

Today UNICEF is commemorating World Children’s Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with global children’s 'take-overs', high-profile events and other activations of children in over 130 countries to give children their own platform to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.

World Children’s Day is a day ‘for children, by children’, when children from around the world will be taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to express their concerns about what global leaders should be focusing on, and to voice support for the millions of their peers who are facing a less hopeful future.

UNICEF will bring together high-profile supporters, influencers and special guests alongside children who represent some of the world’s most vulnerable children to speak out to the international community on issues that matter to them.

In Mongolia, UNICEF is calling for action to address the damaging impact of air pollution on children’s health. Ulaanbaatar is one of the most polluted capitals in the world putting half of Mongolia’s children at risk.

Children are the most vulnerable to adverse health effects of air pollution from the day they are conceived. Pregnant women’s exposure to air pollution can affect growing baby’s lungs and respiratory system causing pre-term birth and spontaneous abortion. In Mongolia, a 5-fold increase in fetal deaths have been documented between winter and summer.

Air pollution is also inked with diseases that can be highly damaging for children, such as bronchitis and asthma, causing children to miss school and other important learning

and development opportunities. In last 10 years, incidences of respiratory diseases in Mongolia alarmingly increased including a 6 fold increase in flu, flu-like symptoms and asthma.

On World Children’s Day, UNICEF is urging to join efforts in addressing the immediate threat  air pollution on children’s health in Mongolia.

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