During the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies,
we call upon everyone to take action to reduce air pollution and bring a transformative change in our lifestyles.
“Because doesn’t matter who we are o where we came from, we are all entitled to the basic human rights of
clean air to breathe,
clean water to drink,
and healthy land to call home.”Martin Luther King
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution to hold an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on December 19, 2019.
During its 74th session, invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to facilitate the observance of the International Day.
The resolution stresses the importance of need to raise public awareness and to promote and facilitate actions to improve air quality.
Today, the first celebration, will set a precedent for an important and exciting new international day for clean air to be celebrated annually.
Given the current backdrop with the wide-scale transmission of COVID-19, the Day assumes an even more important role in propagating the urgent need to address air pollution and the challenges.
In fact it poses while adding emphasis on moving toward sustainability at an individual, national as well as global level.
The Day aims to:
- Raise public awareness at all levels that clean air is important for health, productivity, the economy and the environment.
- Demonstrate the close link of air quality to other environmental/developmental challenges such as climate change and the global Sustainable Development Goals.
- Promote and facilitate solutions that improve air quality by sharing actionable knowledge best practices, innovations, and success stories.
- Bring together diverse international actors working on this topic to form a strategic alliance to gain momentum for concerted national, regional and international approaches for effective air quality management.