Breathe Life - Cleaning the air, saving lives and slowing near-term climate change

4 December, 2015
Paris, France


The WHO estimates that air pollution causes approximately 7 million premature deaths a year.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths every year as a result of exposure to outdoor (ambient) air pollution and household air pollution.

A new WHO report developed in collaboration with the CCAC, Reducing Global Health Risks from Mitigation of Short-lived Climate Pollutants, highlights the opportunities available for improving public health by reducing emissions of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) - black carbon, methane and tropospheric ozone – all of which contribute both to air pollution and climate change - as well as carbon dioxide.

The event will present the evidence alongside solutions for reducing health and climate risks from SLCPs, focusing mainly on transport, household energy and urban health. It will also highlight opportunities for action under the Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health - a roadmap to end all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation.

This event is organised by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Air Pollutants (CCAC), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Health Organization (WHO)


Carlos Dora – Coordinator, World Health Organization

Bahijjahtu Abubakar – Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria

Drew Shindell – Chair of the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel

Drew Kodjak – International Council on Clean Transportation

Hanne Bjurstrom – Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

Radha Muthiah - Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. 

Cocktails & aperitifs at 7:30 p.m.

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Event contact

Sandra Cavalieri,
Programme Manager
secretariat [at]


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