For the first time since 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its air quality recommendations. A consistent, growing body of research suggests that even low levels of air pollution adversely affect health.

Based on this evidence, WHO has slashed its recommended limits for six harmful air pollutants and set interim benchmarks for countries to aim for while working to eliminate leading sources of pollution, including fossil fuel and other industrial emissions.

In this webinar, you will hear a brief overview of the new guidelines from a member of the WHO Air Quality Guideline Development Group. Health and air quality experts from the global Clean Air Catalyst consortium will provide insights into the implications of the stricter standards on work to advance air pollution solutions in low- and middle-income countries.

The webinar will be helpful for policymakers, practitioners and advocates working to reduce health- and climate-damaging air pollution that is so harmful to humans and the planet. A Q&A period from participants is included.


  • Michael Brauer, Professor, The University of British Columbia, Member of the 2021 WHO Air Quality Guideline Development Group
  • Beatriz Cardenas, Air Quality Director, WRI Mexico
  • Sumi Mehta, Senior Epidemiologist, Global Environmental Health, Vital Strategies
  • Ananya Roy, Senior Health Scientist, Global Environmental Health, Environmental Defense Fund


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