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Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (See endnote 30)
The World Health Organization held the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, entitled Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe, on June 23-25th, 2004. The ministers recognized that improvement in the health of children as it related to the environment was very uneven across Europe because of the consequences of poor environmental conditions, poverty, disruption of social protection and health systems, armed conflict and violence. The ministers recognized that all children suffered from the consequences of polluted and unsafe environments. The ministers stated that: injuries were the first cause of death from birth to age 18 years; contaminated water, air, food, and soil caused gastrointestinal disease, respiratory disease, birth defects, and neurotoxic and developmental disorders; there was a serious need for safe and balanced nutrition; and that many chemicals had the potential to cause long-term toxicity and carcinogenic, neurotoxic, immunotoxic, genotoxic, endocrine-disrupting, and allergenic effects.
They recommended the following priority goals:
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