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International Day of Clean Air for blue skies 2023

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International Day of Clean Air for blue skies 2023

Jennifer Aghaji / Published on 7 September 2023

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies logo, resembling a pixelated blue cloud.

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies logo. UN/CCAC

Improving air quality is crucial as 99% of the world’s population is at risk from air pollution. Air pollution has negative short and long-term health effects, from hospitalization to premature deaths. The impact is much worse for infants as air pollution affects their health even before they are born. These impacts lower quality of life, increase society’s social care costs and decrease human productivity Air pollution also harms our ecosystems, with many air pollutants directly contributing to climate change

Air pollution is a public issue and requires our collective action.

The 2023 edition of UN International Day of Clean Air for blue skies with the theme, “Together for Clean Air”, emphasizes the urgent need for stronger partnerships and shared responsibility for overcoming air pollution. It calls for a collective effort to protect our atmosphere and ensure that everyone has access to clean air. To preserve public health and our ecosystems, air pollution policy must be integrated and coordinated across industries and borders, monitored by governments and sub-national bodies, and such government actions should be held accountable by the public. 

This International Day, we call upon everyone, from governments and corporations to civil society and individuals to come #TogetherForCleanAir.

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies encourages countries to work together to combat air pollution and safeguard ecosystems. The day provides a platform for individual, national, regional, and worldwide cooperation. Visit the official campaign page to  know more about the sources of air pollution, and other frequently asked questions about the UN Clean Air Day.

A short video that identifies five ways to address air pollution with features from the following SEI projects and tools – Indonesia UK-Pact, Fossil Fuel Transparency Platform, INGENIOUS, TR2AIL and SAMHE.

UN Day of Clean Air for blue skies

The 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) enacted a resolution designating 7 September as “International Day of Clean Air for blue skies” in 2019. The resolution emphasizes the significance and urgency of increasing public awareness at all levels and promoting and facilitating actions to improve air quality. Since then, the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is observed to encourage governments, citizens, and businesses to join forces and act in providing solutions to reduce air pollutants and maintain clean air.

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Clean Air Day at SEI

At SEI, Clean Air Day provides the opportunity to amplify the importance of clean air and the need for effective evidence-based air pollution regulations. Clean Air Day highlights the importance of addressing air pollutions effects in achieving sustainable development goals, promotes evidence-based policies, and encourages researchers, policymakers, businesses, and communities to work together to address air pollution.

Find below some of SEI actions for improved air quality in 2023.

For a comprehensive view, visit our topic page on air.

Global projects and tools

Africa

Asia

Europe

Latin America

Sarah West

Centre Director, SEI York

Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna

Reader / Research Leader, SEI York

Chris Malley

Senior Research Fellow, SEI York

Philip Osano
Philip Osano

Centre Director, SEI Africa

Ulrika Lamberth
Ulrika Lamberth

Senior Press Officer, SEI Headquarters

Communications

Responsible for SEI’s media strategy and international media relations. Supports headquarters and regional centers with strategic press work.

Victoria Beale

Communications Specialist, SEI York

Communications

Victoria supports the York Centre's research projects and core communication activities. She is communications lead for the SAMHE project.

Kevin Hicks

Senior Research Fellow, SEI York

Lawrence Nzuve

Communications Coordinator, SEI Africa

Communications

Jenniffer Pedraza

Research Associate, SEI York

Diane Archer

Senior Research Fellow, SEI Asia

Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan

Eleni Michalopoulou

Research Associate, SEI York

Romanus Opiyo
Romanus Opiyo

Programme Leader, SEI Africa

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Dieter Schwela

SEI Affiliated Researcher

SEI York

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Mike Ashmore

Andriannah Mbandi

SEI Affiliated Researcher

SEI York

Jennifer Aghaji

Communications Specialist, SEI York

Communications

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