UN launches Clean Air Initiative

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Mr Luis Alfonso de Alba speaks to media in Delhi.

Rohit Shishodia
The United Nations has sought governments’ participation to commit themselves for achieving air quality that is safe for citizens, and to align climate change and air pollution polices by 2030.

The participation of governments has been sought under ‘Clean Air Initiative’ which was announced by the UN, WHO and UN Environment and Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

The UN has said that governments should implement air quality and climate change policies that will achieve the WHO Ambient Air Quality Guideline values. The countries should implement e-mobility and sustainable mobility policies and actions to make a decisive impact on road transport emissions.

The UN has said that governments should assess the number of lives that are saved, the health gains in children and other vulnerable groups, and the avoided financial costs to health systems, that result from implementing their policies.

“Government should track progress, sharing experience and best practice through an international network supported by the Breathe life Action Platform,” said the UN in a press release.

Mr Luis Alfonso de Alba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Climate Action Summit 2019, who annoucned the Clean Air Initiative in Delhi, has said that the climate crisis and the air pollution crisis are driven by the same factors, and must be tackled by joint actions.

Mr Alba added that governments at all levels have both an urgent requirement and huge opportunity not only to address the climate crisis, but also to improve the health and save the lives of millions of people around the world, all while making progress on sustainable development goals.


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