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WHO's First Global conference on Air Pollution and Health

by Enric Terradellas last modified May 31, 2018 02:39 PM
Organized in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
When Oct 30, 2018 09:00 AM to
Nov 01, 2018 06:00 PM
Where Geneva, Switzerland
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Conference sessions & activities

The conference will feature a range of sessions, workshops, events and activities focusing on the following areas and themes:

Science and Evidence

  • Health effects from air pollution: new developments in the evidence on chronic and acute exposures, special exposures to sand and dust, etc.
  • Air pollution monitoring, modelling, evaluation and forecasting for  exposure estimates, including use of low cost monitors.
  • Tracking and reporting on air pollution, energy and climate indicators for SDGs 3, 7, 11 and 13.
  • WHO Air Quality Guidelines: status report on the update and work in progress.
  • The Global Platform on Air Quality & Health: addressing key knowledge and research gaps.

Methods and Tools for Informed Decisions

  • Methods and tools for the estimation of air pollution burden and impacts on health.
  • Tools for assessing health impacts of air pollution at local level, and planning healthier transport, energy and waste scenarios, at local and national level, inter alia developed under the Urban Health Initiative.
  • Tools for assessing, costing and reducing household air pollution and its health impacts.

Strategies and Interventions

  • Concerted action by mayors to improve urban air quality and ensure health benefits in cities around the world, e.g. upscaling the Urban Health Initiative.
  • Cross-sector collaborations between energy, transport, agriculture and health to reduce air pollution and mitigate climate change while delivering health benefits.
  • A health sector action agenda for clean air and prevention – the role of public health, health systems and of health care delivery and clinical practitioners.
  • Making air pollution reduction a main strategy to reduce the global NCD epidemic.
  • Expanding the global BreatheLife Campaign - led by WHO, UN Environment and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
  • Financing-, funding- and economic incentive mechanisms to ensure enhanced action.

Partnerships and Advocacy

  • Taking forward collaboration with UN agencies, including UN Environment and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), other Intergovernmental Organizations, Multilateral Develpment Banks, UNECE and other UN Regional Commissions.
  • Strengthening cooperation within the Climate and Clean Air Coalition – planning actions, initiatives and ways to achieve policy changes to improve air quality and slow climate change.
  • Moving forward collaboration with relevant scientific societies, public health federations & associations
  • Strategic cooperation with think tanks, philanthropy and civil society (e.g. grassroots organizations, student groups, professional and medical societies, clean air citizens groups, etc.).
  • Cooperation with cities and with key economic sectors including energy and transport.

Conference organization

The conference will be organized at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization and the secretariat of the UNFCCC. The venue has a capacity for 400 participants. Invitations will be issued in the first quarter of 2018. Remote participation will be facilitated by webcasting and live streaming of the sessions. For more information contact:

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