Air pollution, a pressing global concern impacting human health and the environment, had led to the establishment of the North-East Asia Clean Air Partnership (NEACAP) within the framework of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC).
In line with its programme on air pollution, the ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office (as NEASPEC Secretariat), in collaboration with the National Air Emission Inventory and Research Center (under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea), organized a symposium on air pollution on 7 September 2023 in Seoul.
Commemorating the 4th International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, the symposium brought together high-level government officials, globally renowned research experts, and sector specialists from international organizations to share information and analyses on air pollutant emissions, air quality management, and impacts of air improvement policies.
Ganbold Baasanjav, Director of ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, expressed in his opening remarks that “our collective efforts have the potential to expedite substantial progress in addressing air pollution across the North-East Asia region.”
The event also served as a platform for experts from North-East Asia and beyond to introduce air quality management policies and prevailing international cooperation trends. Discussions encompassed methodologies for managing air pollutant emission inventories adopted by international organizations and countries. Deliberations also extended to policy effect analysis methodologies employing scientific approaches like air quality modeling. In addition, the symposium evaluated the status of managing air pollutant emission data and gauging effectiveness of policies aimed at mitigating fine dust.
The symposium deliberations will feed into the discussions at the 5th Meeting of NEACAP’s Science and Policy Committee to be held on 8 September 2023. The Committee, reporting to NEASPEC’s Senior Officials Meeting, is the steering body tasked to plan, monitor and review NEACAP activities and to promote science-policy linkages through guiding technical assessments and dialogues.
About NEASPEC: The North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environment Cooperation (NEASPEC) is committed to promoting environmental sustainability and cooperation among countries in North-East Asia. Through initiatives like the North-East Asian Clean Air Partnership (NEACAP), NEASPEC addresses critical issues such as air pollution to ensure the well-being of both communities and ecosystems.
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