Air Pollution: How to Avoid more than 1000 Deaths per day

31 May, 2016
Brussels, Belgium

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution assessment report Towards Cleaner Air. 

Air pollution is the world’s largest environmental health threat and the number one environmental cause of premature death in Europe. In the EU, air pollution causes 400,000 premature deaths each year - ten times more than deaths from road accidents. Air pollutants also have serious negative impacts on ecosystems and cultural heritage. 

The UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution will launch its assessment report Towards Cleaner Air in Brussels on 31 May 2016, giving insights on what has been achieved, what urgently needs to be done, and ways to do it. As the EU is entering its final negotiations on the revised National Emissions Ceiling Directive, the report highlights what is at stake. 

Listen to the findings from experts, hear the response from policymakers and debate the way forward to cleaner air. 

Speakers will include: 
Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE 
Carlos Dora, Co-ordinator Public Health, World Health Organisation 
Tom Verheye, Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission 
Björn Risinger, Director General, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 
Markus Amann, Program Director, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis 
Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environment Bureau 
Seb Dance, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Shadow rapporteur for the NEC Directive 
Øystein Hov, Director of Research, Norwegian Meteorological Institute 
Annika Rosing, Head of Department, Nordic Council of Ministers 
Rob Maas, Senior scientific advisor, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment 
Anna Engleryd, Chair of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution 

The event is organised with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers. 
Please click here to register for this event. 
A light lunch will be served. The event will be followed by drinks and snacks. 

Event contact

Tiy Chung,
Communications Officer
+33 6 26 71 79 81
Tiy.Chung [at] un.org

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