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A global agreement regulating transboundary air pollution does not currently exist, and the recently adopted United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lacks a stand-alone goal on air quality. Nevertheless, the 2030 Agenda establishes clean air as an integral element of the principle of sustainable development and sets out a much-needed complementary pathway for tackling atmospheric pollution at the global scale. This policy brief is informed by previous work undertaken by IASS researchers that assesses the 2030 Agenda and existing international regulatory instruments addressing air pollution, together with insights gained from participants in the development and negotiation of the 2030 Agenda.