BAQ 2023 Day 1

Clean Air Asia is excited to announce the commencement of the 11th Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference, taking place from 15th to 17th November at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The stage is for three days of dynamic discussions and collaboration to promote clean air across Asia. 


Organized by Clean Air Asia, along with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, BAQ 2023 is themed "Ambition to Action: Clean air for health and the climate." This conference is the platform for governments, organizations, and experts to come together to address the critical issues of air pollution and climate change. 

The effects of air pollution hit hard in Asia, and the recent catastrophic air pollution events in countries such as India and Thailand highlight the urgent need for the entire region to commit to policies combating air pollution and climate change. BAQ 2023 serves as a pivotal platform for strengthening the ability of cities, countries, civil society organizations, industry, and academia. It will help identify solutions for clean air, including policies, technologies, financing, governance, and partnerships to attain co-benefits for health and a safe climate in Asia. 

“Over the past decade, the Better Air Quality conference has developed into a key platform for regional air pollution solutions with potential global impact. The solutions we will explore this week can shape a healthier and more sustainable future for all of us. I am confident that the discussions over the coming days will play a key role in driving progress.” - Bindu Lohani, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Clean Air Asia 

“The theme of the BAQ conference, "Ambition to Action: Clean air for health and the climate," underscores our unwavering commitment to translating aspirations and solutions into tangible actions. The theme acknowledges that intentions are no longer sufficient; the time has come to roll up our sleeves and make a genuine impact.” – Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director, Clean Air Asia 

“We have proven solutions to cut emissions from the super pollutants. Reducing methane emissions by at least 40% and black carbon by up to 70% by 2030 is doable and will help us tackle air pollution and slow global warming while we decarbonise our economies. This comped with improved health benefits and opportunities for economic development.” - Martina Otto, Head of the UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Secretariat 

The key objectives of the BAQ 2023 conference are to: 

  • Share knowledge and engage in dialogue on the latest science, solutions, and financing models needed for transformative shifts. 

  • Provide a platform for interaction that focuses on the practical aspects of the required transitions in energy generation, industry, transportation, agriculture, waste management, and urban development. 

  • Advance key global and regional initiatives 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, initiatives, and potential sources of funding. 

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