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We were excited to announce the highly anticipated return of the Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference in 2023, which took place on 15th-17th November 2023 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila!

Clean Air Asia, along with co-organizers, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (a UNEP convened initiative), presented the 11th Better Air Quality conference (BAQ) held on 15-17 November 2023, with pre-events on 13-14 November, at the ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines.

BAQ 2023 was themed Ambition to Action: Clean air for health and the climate. With a comprehensive focus on science as the basis for action, integrated solutions, and innovative financing mechanisms, the BAQ 2023 strongly advocated for heightened ambition and enhanced action addressing the critical issues of air pollution and climate change.

Countries are progressively committing to a sustainability transition and adopting policies that will combat air pollution and climate change and usher in a new era of renewable energy generation, electric mobility, and sustainable urban development. This transition will reshape societies and create opportunities for equitable and inclusive growth. However, the challenges, particularly for developing countries, often lie in how to make the transition given technical capacity, resources, infrastructure, planning, and financing. It is essential to strengthen the ability of cities, countries, civil society organizations, industry, and academia and increase their resources to develop bankable and scalable projects to step up action, and address both air quality and climate issues. BAQ 2023 served as a solutions platform to bridge the transition gap and identify solutions for clean air (i.e., policies, technologies, financing, governance, partnerships) to attain co-benefits of health and safe climate in Asia.

The objectives of the BAQ 2023 conference were to:

  • Share knowledge and dialogue on the latest science, solutions and financing models for the transformative shifts needed
  • Provide a platform for interaction focused on the practicalities of the required shifts in energy generation, industry, transportation, agriculture, waste management, and urban development
  • Provide a platform for advancing key global and regional initiatives forward such as CCAC’s Clean Air Flagship Program, UNESCAP-led Regional Action Programme on Air Pollution, and the Global Methane Pledge.
  • Identify clean air projects and initiatives and potential sources of funding