Air Pollution: Gender and Health

The common threat of air pollution across the region requires multi-level interventions and more significant efforts to strengthen regional cooperation. However, the inadequate capacities of many national governments and local authorities to address their air quality issues has (1) limited the scale and pace of actions and interventions that are necessary to significantly reduce air pollution across the region and (2) also inhibited regional dialogue and cooperation that could lead to regional modalities for long-term actions. This thematic dialogue will focus on innovative air pollution solutions and best practices, including policy interventions, on gender and public health. The session will be part of the over-all approach to a regional dialogue series to raise awareness and build the capacity of stakeholders to identify the most appropriate innovations and utilize existing and emerging technologies in the development of their air quality policies. Subregional dialogues will be organized for North and Central Asia, East and North-East Asia, South-East Asia and South and South-West Asia, in coordination with the respective Sub- regional Offices. In addition to this thematic dialogue on gender and health, a thematic dialogue will be held on data and technology.


The recommendations from this session, together with the other dialogues will be compiled in a policy brief that will be shared with member States to mainstream adoption of the solutions and provide the basis for a roadmap towards a regional modality or modalities. Materials, including country and expert presentations delivered during the dialogues and best practices and case studies compiled, will be shared through the Knowledge Management Hub and the Issue-Based Coalition on Climate Change Mitigation and Air Pollution (UN entities), UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams and with partner institutions.


The session will facilitate peer-to-peer and regional level sharing of lessons learned and allow other partner institutions to share specific technical solutions with country

stakeholders and to strengthen the air pollution data generated by governments and partner institutions. Further, the dialogues will strengthen the community of practice on air pollution which will provide momentum and support for regional cooperation and action.


The policy brief will serve as the foundation for a knowledge-sharing workshop/side event at the 9th Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development and could inform potential discussions at the 78th ESCAP Commission Session on a regional modality/modalities to address air pollution (following ESCAP Resolution 75/4, Strengthening regional cooperation to tackle air pollution challenges in Asia and the Pacific).