Nine new governments have joined TheBreatheLife campaign, making fresh commitments to demonstrate their dedication to bring air quality to safe levels by 2030 and collaborate on the clean air solutions that will help us get there faster. Bogota (Colombia), Lalitpur and Kathmandu (Nepal), Honduras, Bogor City (Indonesia), the Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montevideo (Uruguay) and Mexico bring the number of cities, regions and countries in the BreatheLife Newtwork to 63, representing 271.4 million citizens around the world.
Today’s announcement comes on World Environment Day, with this year’s theme – air pollution – drawing attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. With nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization-safe levels, the campaign welcomes the new governments and urges others to make commitments to improve their air quality.
In Nepal, the ancient city ofLalitpurplans to minimize road dust, increase reforestation and green spaces, invest in improving its public transport system, support air pollution monitoring, improve waste management systems and crack down on open burning— all as part of efforts to improve air quality for its 284,000 citizens. InKathmandu, Nepal’s capital and its largest city, the focus is on improving waste management practices, improving public transport systems and uptake, and greening urban spaces, among other measures.
For its part, theRepublic of Moldovathis year approved fuel quality standards for petrol and diesel that match those of the European Union, and has put a priority on adopting vehicle standards in 2019-2020.
Bogor City in Indonesia, home to more than one million citizens, has a clean air action plan that covers all key emission sources, laying the foundation for multi-sector improvements in overall urban air quality, and complementing the city’s existing low-carbon development efforts.
Honduras, which has had an air quality plan since 2007, is continuing to work with partners on strengthening air quality management, while also focused on updating vehicle emissions regulations and the deployment of improved cookstoves.
In the Colombian capital,Bogota, a city of over 8 million citizens, municipal institutions are working together under a collaborative framework that draws together the efforts of local, regional and national administration to improve air quality for better public health. Bogota joins the national government ofColombiaalong with theAburra Valleyregion,Caldasstate, and the cities ofBarranquillaandSantiago de Caliin the BreatheLife Network.
Mexicoaims to develop an integrated approach, coordinating actions among local authorities and collaborative international efforts to abate air pollution, reduce the emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, mitigate climate change and protect public health. The Mexican states on board the BreatheLife initiative are: Sinaloa, Durango, Coahuila, Guanajuato and Yucatan. Several Mexican Municipalities – Celaya, Cuatro Ciénegas, Guanajuato, León, Matamoros, Puebla, Purísima del Rincón, San Francisco Gto., Querétaro, Tlaxcala and Toluca – have also joined the network.
Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital, which also joined the BreatheLife campaign today, will raise awareness in the city on the challenges people in the city face due to air pollution, and will run a campaign to inform people on how the city’s two air quality monitoring stations function.
ThePrincipalityofMonacois committed and fully engaged in action that would cut air pollution from heating sources, shipping and land transport, and waste, all part of bigger plans for energy and environmental transition in the country. These actions will contribute to meeting Monaco’s ambitious targets under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and to safeguard human health.
BreatheLife is a joint campaign led by theWorld Health Organization (WHO),United Nations Environment, World Bank and theClimate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)launched in 2016 to mobilize cities and individuals to protect our health and planet from the effects of air pollution. The campaign combines public health and climate change expertise with guidance on implementing solutions to air pollution in support of global development goals. Cities, regions and countries are encouraged to join our growing network to share their success, find technical support for solutions and learn from each other.