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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar chairs a webinar on International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, promotes improvement in air quality in 100 cities

The Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar launched a brochure on the integrated measures that will help in combating air pollution under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

Sep 7, 2020 19:16 IST
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The Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on September 7, 2020, Chaired a webinar on the first-ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.

As per the Ministry of Environment, the webinar was joined by the Principal Secretaries of Urban Development Departments and Environment Departments of 28 states and UTs. Commissioners of 122 cities identified in NCAP will also be participating.

During the webinar, the Union Minister also reviewed the progress of activities under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) which was launched in 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address from the Red Fort on August 15, 2020, had also highlighted the need for ‘holistic improvement in air quality’ in 100 cities.

Brochure launched to combat air pollution:

On the occasion as the Union Minister of Environment, Prakash Javadekar addressed the issue of air pollution, he also launched a brochure on the integrated measures that will help in combating air pollution under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). 

As per the Union Minister, the emphasis will be on the city-specific plan in the identified 122 cities. 

Objective of International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies:

The day aims at raising public awareness at all levels that clean air is important for productivity, environment, and economy.

It will also demonstrate the close link of air quality to other environmental and developmental challenges such as Global Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change.

Facilitate solutions that will improve the air quality by sharing actionable knowledge best practices, success stories, and innovations.

The international day will bring together international actors who have been working on this topic to form a strategic alliance to gain momentum for effective air quality management.

About International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies:

On December 19, 2020, the General Assembly of the UN had adopted a resolution to observe the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on September 7 every year, starting from the year 2020.

The Assembly adopted the resolution during its 74th session and also invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to facilitate the observance of this day.

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