More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today. A city’s most important asset is the health of its citizens. Yet, more than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas are exposed to air pollution levels that exceed World Health Organization Air Quality Guidelines, and 98 per cent of large cities in low-income regions suffer from unhealthy air. Without concerted effort, air pollution in many cities will continue to worsen and climate change will accelerate.
Around the world, cities are committing to achieve WHO Air Quality Guidelines by 2030 through BreatheLife. BreatheLife combines public health and climate change expertise with guidance on implementing solutions to air pollution in support of global development goals. Cities can play a key role in the fight against air pollution and climate change – by instituting policies and programs to curb emissions and promote the use of clean energy, and driving national action to prevent air pollution from sources outside the urban center.
Join us for a webinar that will explore on how cities are overcoming barriers to implementing air pollution solutions that provide multiple benefits for health and climate. Speakers will highlight solutions in the transportation, waste, and household energy sectors, with a specific focus on the role of communities in driving change.
- 5 min – Welcome, Moderator
- 7 min – Tackling urban air quality, climate change and health at the same time
Helena Molin Valdes, CCAC
- 7 min – Unlocking the power of the health sector to achieve air quality in cities
Nathalie Roebbel, WHO (tbc)
- 7 min – Promoting the transition to electric vehicles in Quito, Ecuador
Maria Valeria Diaz Suarez (tbc)
- 7 min – Reducing outdoor air pollution from household sources in Iloilo City, Philippines
- 7 min – Achieving multiple benefits from waste separation in Accra, Ghana
Desmond Appiah (tbc)
- 10 min – Q&A
5 min – Wrap up, Moderator
Moderator: Glynda Bathan, Clean Air Asia (tbc)