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Santiago de Cali, Colombia

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Cali has developed comprehensive clean air and climate change plans, spurring action that includes the scrapping of around 4,000 buses and the introduction of cleaner vehicles to MIO, its Integrated Public Transport System; promoting the use of bicycles as alternative means of transport; an efficient driving training programme aimed at drivers of private vehicles and taxis in the city; and encouraging the switch from diesel vehicles to electric.

We have been working throughout the country with the environmental authorities of the cities, verifying the work of each one on this issue, in order to share and discover the best practices that we can apply in our city for the best air quality outcomes. Out of the four major Colombian cities, Cali is the one with the best air quality, thanks to its privileged location and the work done by The Mayor’s Office of Santiago de Cali, through the DAGMA and the population, with the understanding that behaviour change is necessary to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Norman Maurice Armitage, Mayor of Santiago de Cali
The Air Pollution in

Santiago De Cali , Colombia

Member BreatheLife
OVER THE SAFE LEVEL PM2.5 annual exposure*

*PM 2.5 concentrations measured in micrograms of particles per cubic meter of air (µg/m3) Data: WHO Global Platform on Air Quality & Health

WHO Guideline (10)Lowest level at which premature mortality risk increases in response to long-term exposure

Interim target 1 (35)Associated with 15% higher premature mortality relative to the WHO guideline of 10 µg/m3

Interim target 2 (25)Associated with 6% lower premature mortality risk relative to Interim Target 1 (35 µg/m3)

Interim target 3 (15)Associated with 6% lower premature mortality risk relative to Interim Target 2 (25 µg/m3)

More about the data

Air Quality & Health Burden Colombia

19,397 Annual Deaths from air pollution

Leading Killer

Ischemic heart disease

National Air Quality


annual average PM 2.5


Leading Killer

Ischemic heart disease

Child Deaths (0-5yrs)


per year