More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today. A city’s most important asset is the health of its citizens. Yet, more than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas are exposed to air pollution levels that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, and 98 per cent of large cities in low-income regions suffer from unhealthy air. Without concerted effort, air pollution in many cities will continue to worsen and climate change will accelerate.
Around the world, cities are committing to achieve WHO Air Quality Guidelines by 2030. Cities can play a key role in the fight against air pollution and climate change – by instituting policies and programs to curb emissions and promote the use of clean energy, and driving national action to prevent air pollution from sources outside the urban center.
They are joining forces through # BreatheLife, committing to act through the UN Clean Air Initiative , and using networks like C40, ICLEI, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund, Global Covenant of Mayors , Clean Air Asia, Clean Air Institute to drive action on practical solutions.
This year on 7 September – the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies – find out about the air quality in your city and what actions your city can take to reduce air pollution.
Learn more about what cities can do achieve #CleanAirForAll, here.
Browse through the map and see what cities are doing to curb air pollution
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