Reducing 7 million deaths annually from Air Pollution

27 May, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Assembly Side Event, 27 May 2016, Palais de Nations, Geneva, 18:00, Salle VIII

In response to the rising global death toll from air pollution, the first ever WHA resolution on Air Pollution and Health was approved in 2015. A "Road Map for an Enhanced Global Response" is before this years WHA. Building on these milestones this side event will discuss practical steps and a way forward, to explore how air pollution actions can:

  • Reduce non-communicable diseases, including over 1/3 of deaths from stroke, lunch cancer and chronic lung disease and 1/4 of heart attack deaths.
  • Contribute directly to Sustainable Development Goals for health(3), energy(7) and cities(11)
  • Catalyze health-relevant commitments in support of climate change mitigation


Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Flavia Bustreo Assistant Director General, Family Women and Children/WHO, with possible guest appearance by WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan
  • Representatives from the Governments of Norway and Zambia
  • Mr. Bernard Jomier - Deputy Mayor of Paris for Health and Disability Issues
  • Professor Dr. Jorg Peters - Head, research group "Climate Change in Developing Countries" RWI, Essen, Germany
  • Ms. Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet - President of the WHO Healthy Cities French Network & Deputy Mayor of Rennes, France
  • Dr. Sudhvir Singh, Director of Policy at EAT Initiative, Norway
  • Dr. Nandita Murukutla - Director of Global Research, Country Director for India, Vital Strategies and NCD Alliance


The side event will explore experiences in Africa, Asia, Latin America and globally with reference to: new initiatives for:

  • Household energy interventions and technologies
  • WHO-led urban health initiative in collaboration with Climate and Clean Air Coalition, World Bank, and Norway
  • Enhancing health sector leadership and capacity
  • Awareness raising; Breathe Life campaign



Welcome - Dr. Flavia Bustreo Assistant Director General, Family Women and Children/WHO, with possible guest appearance by WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan

Opening remarks– Mr. Stein Inge, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Trends in air pollution exposures –Dr. Carlos Dora, WHO Coordinator/Public health, environmental and social determinants of health (PHE)

Expert Panel – Presentations moderated by Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director PHE

  • Reducing Air Pollution for Health Benefit – The Paris Action Plan - Mr. Bernard Jomier
  • Economic Strategies and Policies to Reduce Household Air Pollution (SDG 7) – Professor Dr. Jorg Peters
  • Fostering Urban Health Leadership – Ms. Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet
  • Better Air Quality and Healthy Food; the Potential Health and Environmental Co-Benefits of Better Diets - Dr. Sudhvir Singh
  • Strategic Communication to Set the Health Agenda: Implications for Addressing Air Pollution and NCDs - Dr. Nandita Murukutla


Q&A & closing remarks on: Advancing Implementation of the WHA Resolution on Air Pollution and Health - Moderated by Gov. of Zambia

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Event contact

Sandra Cavalieri,
Programme Manager
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