Air pollution is a major, preventable and manageable threat to people’s health, well-being and the fulfillment of sustainable development. Air pollution is estimated to contribute to at least 5 million premature deaths each year across the world. No one remains unaffected by dirty air, but the adverse impacts of air pollution fall most heavily upon vulnerable populations, such as children, women, and people living in poverty. Clean air is as vital to life on earth as clean water.
The Academy of Science of South Africa, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences have started an initiative on “Air Pollution and Health” relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The five academies brought together leading scientists from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States as well as representatives of the UN and civil society.
The first outcome of this initiative is a compact science-policy statement (available in all UN official languages, Portuguese, and German), which addresses global options and measures to reduce air pollution-associated risks to health and launched on June 19, in New York (USA).
In the working group, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences was represented by the Full Members Paulo Artaxo (USP) and Paulo Saldiva (USP), and by the researchers Maria de Fatima Andrade (USP), Simone Georges El Khouri Miraglia (Unifesp) e Nelson Gouveia (USP).
The launching activities started at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) headquarters with an internal meeting with UN and civil society representatives to discuss the science-policy statement “Air Pollution and Health” in details.
In the afternoon, at the United Nations headquarters, the statement was handed over in a ceremony to high-level UN diplomats from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and the United States and to senior UN representatives. Luiz Davidovich (president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences), Paulo Saldiva (representing the Brazilian members of the working group) and the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, Ambassador Mauro Vieira (along with Ambassador Frederico S. Duque Estrada Meyer, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations), participated in the ceremony.
Science-policy statement “Air Pollution and Health”
Science-policy statement “Air Pollution and Health” (Portuguese version)
Official website of the initiative
Find below some news about the launch of the science-policy statement:
ABC – Academias lançam declaração sobre poluição do ar e saúde
ABC – ABC participa de reunião sobre poluição do ar e saúde na sede da ONU, em Nova York
Folha de São Paulo – Em uma hora de trânsito em SP, população ‘fuma’ 5 cigarros, diz estudo
SciDev.Net (English) – Global pact to stop air pollution
SciDev.Net (Spanish) – Un pacto mundial para detener contaminación del aire
ONU-Brasil – Academias de ciência pedem medidas urgentes contra a poluição do ar
ONU-Meio Ambiente – Academias de ciência de quatro países pedem ações urgentes pela qualidade do ar
Unifesp – Docente da Unifesp elabora documento sobre poluição do ar e saúde
Tempo.com – A necessidade de um pacto global sobre a poluição do ar
GaúchaZH – Em uma hora de trânsito em SP, população ‘fuma’ 5 cigarros, diz estudo
BreatheLife – Academias Nacionais de Ciências e Medicina emitem um apelo urgente à ação contra a poluição atmosférica nociva
The Lancet – Five national academies call for global compact on air pollution and health
Climate and Clean Air Coalition – National Academies of Sciences and Medicine issue urgent call to action on harmful air pollution
The National Academies (USA) – Academies Call for Global Action to Reduce Air Pollution
AAAS (USA) – New international initiative stresses need for global action on air pollution
BusinessLIVE (South Africa) – Scientists call for global action on air pollution
Engineering News (South Africa) – Science academies call for increased air pollution mitigation
Phys.org – New international initiative stresses need for global action on air pollution as health impacts remain high
El Espectador (Colombia) – Proponen un pacto mundial para detener la contaminación del aire
El Nuevo Siglo (Colombia) – Llamado a acelerar acción contra contaminación del aire