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Briefing on the 40th Anniversary Special Session of the Air Convention

17 September 2019

When: 17 September 2019, 11-12h
Where: Palais des Nations, room Concordia 1 (Building A, door A 13/15, 2nd floor)

You are cordially invited to attend a briefing focusing on the preparations for the 39th session of the Executive Body for the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, to be held in Geneva, Palais des Nations, from 9-13 December 2019. To attend this event, kindly register online: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=kdHcmX (registration code: 79474)

Background

The Convention represents a key United Nations legal and institutional framework promoting clean air policy development. Signed in 1979, it became the first international treaty to deal with air pollution on a broad regional basis. Over the last 40 years, cooperation under the Convention has led to significant achievements in air pollutant emission reductions, with benefits for human health, the environment and the economy.

The thirty-ninth session of the Executive Body will mark the 40th anniversary of the Convention. On this occasion, a special high-level event on clean air will be organized on 11 and 12 December. This will be an opportunity to discuss milestones under the Convention, progress in the region, and visions for future development of the Convention. The event will include the launch of the global forum for cooperation on clean air. An Anniversary Declaration is being prepared by the Bureau of the Executive Body. It is expected to be approved on 11 December.

Programme

Welcome and introduction

Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, UNECE

Her Excellency Ms. Veronika Bard, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Sweden

Clean Air – 40 Years: The 40th Anniversary Special Session

Provisional agenda and decisions to be adopted

High-level session and opportunities for engagement

Launch of the forum for collaboration on reducing air pollution

Questions and answers