Clear the Air

Clean air is a human right

In at least 155 countries, a healthy environment is recognized as a constitutional right. Obligations related to clean air are implicit in a number of international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The right to breathe clean air goes hand in hand with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including healthy lives, sustainable cities, access to clean energy, and climate change mitigation.


Clear the Air

As the population approaches 10 billion with people concentrated in urban areas, air pollution is likely to worsen. Clearing the air has garnered governmental commitment and is a paramount priority of the UN Environment Programme.

On 1 September, UNEP launched ‘Clear the Air’ as part of its #BeatPollution campaign. ‘Clear the Air’ is aimed at raising awareness about the impact of air pollution on peoples' health and the health of their environment and economies, as well as to promote individual solutions to improve air quality in their surroundings.

Learn more about the Clear the Air campaign here.

Clear the Air


How can you Clear the Air?

Join the Social Challenge by pledging to #ClearTheAir in the lead up to the first #WorldCleanAirDay on 7 September 2020.

Use the social media filter and post the photo or video to your social media account, telling the world what actions you’ll be taking to help #ClearTheAir. Be sure to use the hashtags #ClearTheAir & #WorldCleanAirDay, and tag @UNEP. Then tag and challenge your family, friends and social networks to do the same.

Join the Social Challenge on Instagram using this filter.