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International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

2020 is the inaugural year of the United Nations General Assembly's International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The day, held on 7 September, was introduced to build on the “increasing interest of the international community in clean air, and to emphasize the need to make further efforts to improve air quality, including reducing air pollution, to protect human health”.

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Date published
5 September 2020

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution to hold an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 19 December 2019, during its 74th session, and invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to facilitate the observance of the International Day, in collaboration with other relevant organizations.

SEI is contributed to the Day in many ways, including through its involvement with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

The Day raises awareness of the importance of clean air for health, productivity, the economy and the environment. It will also draw attention to the close links between air pollution, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. By bringing together diverse international actors, the Day promotes effective solutions to air quality management and shares stories of best practice.

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