FIRS and NCD Alliance launch policy brief on air pollution at WHA72

21 May, 2019

To coincide with the 72nd World Health Assembly taking place this week in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, of which ERS is a member, and the NCD Alliance launched a new policy brief on the impact of air pollution on human health.

Based on strong scientific evidence, this publication highlights the urgent need for decisive action across all sectors to ensure clean air. The policy brief provides key actions and strategies that policy makers, NGOs and Health professionals can take to ensure a collective action in response to this global challenge.

Air pollution is now recognised as one of the five leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Action is now needed to protect and promote the health of people worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution causes 7 million deaths every year worldwide, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Addressing this issue will not only help to contain the rising burden of NCDs, and its strain on health systems, but also support the progress towards multiple SDGs and the achievement of UHC by 2030.

In the lead up to the UN Climate and UN High-Level Meetings on Universal Health Coverage, which will both take place on 23 September, 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York, it is especially important to consider the links between health and environmental sustainable development priorities.