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According to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, 99% of the world’s population is now breathing polluted air which also has detrimental impacts on climate, biodiversity, and ecosystems. This year, we focus on the transboundary nature of air pollution and the need for collective accountability and action. We call upon governments, corporations, and civil society to take action to reduce air pollution and bring transformative change for #TheAirWeShare.
The International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is a joint effort between the CCAC and UNEP, and was designated via an official UN resolution adopted in 2019.
Learn about how you can get involved on Clean Air Day, see what CCAC partners are doing to commemorate, and more below.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for collective action to ensure a healthy, sustainable planet on Clean Air Day. This includes investing in renewable energy, rapidly shifting to zero-emission vehicles and alternative modes of transport, increasing access to clean cooking, heating & cooling, and recycling rather than burning waste.
CCAC partners Cambodia, Chile, Maldives and Pakistan have made statements recognizing the importance of transboundary action on air pollution.
This year’s theme, The Air We Share, reminds us of the critical importance of air and the need to ensure safe and healthy air for mankind. However, air pollution is a transboundary environmental challenge that can only be addressed by full cooperation from all.”Say Sam Al
The Maldives is particularly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change which is closely linked to air pollution. Air quality in the capital city is influenced by both domestic and long-range transboundary sources, with transboundary air pollution accounting to almost 70% of the total pollution. Air pollution knows no political borders, and air quality can only be managed with regional efforts.”Aminath Shauna
Air pollution knows no boundaries, borders, or frontiers. Likewise, the efforts that different governments undertake to tackle and address the air pollution quality crisis of all countries should become a regional effort.”Maisa Rojas
We are committed to improving air pollution and reducing emissions as we go through a devastating year of unprecedented climate crises."Sherry Rahman
Other partners and contributors include:
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
Maria Kolesnikova, UNEP Young Champion of the Earth
Ban Ki Moon, Former Secretary-General, United Nations
Our Expert Assistance is a no-cost service that connects you to an extensive network of professionals for consultation and advice on a range of short-lived climate pollution issues and policies.
Experts will provide guidance on technological options, mitigation measures (like those carried out by our initiatives), funding opportunities, application of measurement tools, and policy development.