UN adopts Korea’s proposed Int’l Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
Nov. 29, 2019
Global Korean Post
By Song Baleun and Lee Jihae
The United Nations has officially adopted International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, which was proposed by the Korean government.
The 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly’s Second Committee in New York on Nov. 26 adopted a resolution designating Sept. 7 as the new U.N.-observed day, citing the need for higher international awareness of air pollution and a joint global response to it. This is also the first time for the U.N. to approve an official day proposed by the Korean government.
President Moon on Sept. 23 proposed this day to the world body at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York, and 21 countries including the U.S., Thailand, Mongolia, Costa Rica and Uzbekistan later supported it.
From next year, U.N. member states and international, regional and civic organizations will observe the clean air day. The U.N. Environment Program, which hosts World Environment Day events, will implement observation of the day.
“The adoption is the result of a confirmed international consensus on the need for joint efforts to raise awareness of air pollution and enhance air quality,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The ministry added that it hopes the adoption will lead to the collection and utilization of data on air pollution, implementation of related scientific research and formulation of joint responses to air pollution such as the sharing of exemplary cases.