Healthcare leaders from around the globe have agreed to take action against air pollution at the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting, this week (26 May, 2015).
The WHA is the decision-making group that guides the work of the World Health Organization (WHO). This was the first time that the WHA debated air pollution.
The new resolution urges governments to effectively address air pollution through their policies, and to monitor both air quality and pollution-related illnesses. It also highlights the importance of promoting clean fuels for cooking, heating and lighting.
The agreement calls upon the WHO to support countries to implement its air quality guidelines and to carry out research that demonstrates the health effects of air pollution.
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