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 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.
Air pollution and its impact on human health: an important driver for achieving the 1.5°C goal of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
This policy brief describes how SEI’s Low Emissions Analysis Platform (LEAP) and Integrated Benefits Calculator can help countries plan coherent emission reduction strategies with health benefits.
Read our article with the World Economic Forum
Pollution costs lives and is bad for business. Here are five ways companies can clean up the air.
Roderick Weller (WEF)
Eleni Michalopoulou (SEI)
Business and industry have a key role to play to reduce air pollution, since many of their activities cause emissions. They are both contributors and solution-providers; making them essential to lowering pollution, building innovation and showing governments that fixing air pollution and economic development are not mutually exclusive. This article presents 5 actions the private sector can take.
Everything you wanted to know about air pollution
SEI has been undertaking research into air pollution issues since it was established in 1989. In conjunction with an informal science group, co-chaired by Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, SEI researchers have contributed to a comprehensive, but non-technical, online resource covering 20 of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about global air pollution issues. This has been specially produced for the UN International Day of Clean Air for blue skies.
You can also explore this interactive guide to air pollution which SEI contributed to with UNEP and CCAC.