UNEP and ESCAP Hold Workshop on Air Quality and Climate Change Solutions in Asian Cities

The Better Air Quality 2008 (BAQ 2008)

14 November 2008: The Better Air Quality 2008 workshop,

which took place from 12-14 November 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand, brought

together about 1,000 participants from over 35 countries and was organized

around the theme: “Air quality and climate change: scaling up win-win solutions

in Asia.”

The workshop was organized by the Clean Air Initiative Asia Center,

the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Pollution Control Department of

Thailand, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank, the UN Environment

Programme (UNEP) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the

Pacific (ESCAP). Noting that crucial issues ranging from climate change to

health or traffic congestion are often not taken into consideration in policy

development, Shaoyi Li, a senior environment official from ESCAP, spoke of the

need to encourage decision makers in Asian cities to adopt an integrated

approach in managing urban growth. He pointed to the unprecedented growth in

Asian cities and warned against the potential damage to urban air quality due

to increased motorization and energy use.

The event is one of a series of

consultations between ESCAP and the Asian-Pacific developing countries on a

post-2012 climate regime with the objectives of sharing views and ideas on

follow-up to the Bali Climate Change Conference in December 2007, discussing

innovative options for climate actions, and identifying effective approaches on

the promotion of national mitigation and adaptation actions. [IISD RS Coverage] [Workshop Website] [ESCAP Press Release]