WHO’s First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

WHO headquarters

This is the first-ever global event to focus on both air pollution and health. Participants will include Ministers of Health and Environment and other national government representatives; representatives of intergovernmental agencies, health professionals, other sectors (transport, energy, etc.) as well as from research, academia and civil society.

The conference will feature a "Call for Urgent Action" with agreement on a target for reducing the 7 million deaths a year due to air pollution by 2030, as a contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Countries, urban mayors, and civil society will be invited to make commitments to the global advocacy campaign BreatheLife2030.org to meet WHO Air Quality Guidelines and reduce climate emissions.

The conference will underline the links between air pollution and the health sector to catalyse actions for health-wise policies on clean household energy, transport, and waste.

The conference will also advance collaborations between WHO and sister organisations.

The Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will be organized at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). WHO is currently in the process of sending invitations. Remote participation will be facilitated by webcasting and live-streaming of the sessions.

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