Clean Air for All

25 Nov 2020 to 26 Nov 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
Virtual

It is universally recognized that air pollution is a pressing environmental challenge that has increased considerably in recent years, leading to a rise in premature deaths, threatening livelihoods and the sustainable development of the region, in particular in many cities in Asia and the Pacific where air pollution is a major public health hazard to an increasing urban population. ESCAP research has shown that the resulting damages from air pollution disproportionately impact the low-income and marginalized communities, and this can be a crucial factor that exacerbates income inequalities. According to the World Health Organization, more than 60% of all premature deaths from household air pollution in 2012 were among women and children.

Increased energy consumption and use of inefficient energy technologies in households and industrial processes, unmanaged and inefficient construction work (buildings/roads, etc.) in the region intensify air pollution, especially in urban areas, with high concentrations of particulate matter in cities. The focus of this session will encourage clean energy, energy efficiencies, local industry standards, and other low-carbon development, transport policies, etc.

The course will focus on reviewing the air pollution situation in the region and develop way forward, including gender perspectives to assist the policy makers at central/local level by providing opportunities for exchange of experience and knowledge, and by enhancing their awareness and capacity. 

Course Structure

The course will focus on reviewing the air pollution situation in the region and development of a way forward, including gender perspectives. This will assist policy makers at central/local levels by providing opportunities for exchange of experience and knowledge, and enhancing awareness and capacity.

25 Nov 2020

14:00-17:45

Understanding the Science of Air Pollution and Matching Science with Policy: How to Select the Best Interventions  

Matthew Perkins