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Bjarne Pedersen, Executive Director of Clean Air Asia, has emphasized the urgent need to address air quality in Asia as the world observed the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies this 7th of September. 

With the theme #TogetherForCleanAir, the annual observance aimed to create opportunities for collaboration across nations in reducing air pollution, as well as on the financing and investments on air quality measures and solutions globally.  

Pedersen has shared that the aim of this year’s international day theme reflects the aims of the Better Air Quality conference (BAQ), that returns in Manila on 15th to 17th of November 2023, with the theme ‘Ambition to Action: Clean air for the health and the climate’. 

Organized by Clean Air Asia, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, BAQ 2023 is a forum where policy makers and practitioners can come together and develop real solutions founded on science, policy, technology, governance, and financing models. 

“Communities across the region are grappling with the effects of air pollution, and the BAQ 2023 aims to catalyze discussions, share insights, and foster collaboration to create opportunities for equitable and inclusive growth,” he said. 

As different nations continuously commit to a sustainability transition and adopting policies that will address air pollution, challenges particularly in the developing countries often lie in how to make this sustainability transition a success.  

“We believe that by working together, we can bridge the transition gap and identify solutions to attain co-benefits of clean air and a safe climate in Asia.” 

BAQ 2023 will be held at the ADB headquarters in Manila from 15th to 17th of November 2023, with pre-events on 13th to 14th of November. 

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