History of International Clean Air Day for Blue Skies

During its 74th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on December 19, 2019 and invited the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to help organize the international day of September 7 in collaboration with other relevant organizations.

The day serves as a platform to increase global solidarity and political momentum for action on air pollution and climate change. This includes increased international cooperation on air quality data collection, joint research, development of new technologies and sharing of best practices. The resolution was passed without a vote, indicating that all regions understood the importance of this concept, were united on the issue and that there were no obvious divisions.

The day aims to promote the importance of clean air for health, efficiency, economy and the environment. This will help demonstrate the close relationship between air quality and other environmental and development challenges such as climate change.

Efforts to mark the day focus on promoting solutions that improve air quality by sharing actionable knowledge, best practices, innovations and success stories. These actions aim to bring together various actors for concerted national, regional and international approaches. Join the fight for cleaner air and blue skies by learning more about the effects of air pollution. With shared responsibility, we can develop creative solutions to help preserve our environment and our health.