Webinar on Air Quality under South-South Cooperation: What Works for Developing Countries, through the Lens of Science, Technology and Governance?
- When: Tuesday, 22 December 2020 at 3:30 p.m (GMT+5)
- How to Join: Jon via Zoom link here. (Meeting ID: 880 0549 7749; Passcode: 571158)
The COMSATS Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS) in the partnership of Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) holding a webinar on 22nd December 2020 with the aim to elucidate newer efforts to increase awareness, foster connectivity and implement solutions in developing countries on air pollution and work with partners in the Global South to chart the way forward for this decade.
With one in nine deaths globally attributed to poor air quality, the United Nations states that poor air is the single greatest environmental health risk of the post-modern era. The World Health Organization notes with rising concern that 98% of all cities in developing countries with populations larger than 100,000 face air quality beyond acceptable health limits. It is, therefore, critical for the Global South to take account of rapid urbanization and institute urban planning measures to secure their populations against worsening air quality. The apparent North-South Divide in air quality and the associated public health burden is exacerbated by fundamental sustainable development challenges facing the South – resource constraints, inability to generate data, gaps along the science-policy nexus, lax policy formulation and implementation, and over-reliance on carbon-based development.
Air quality is a cross-cutting issue for the Global South, as evidenced by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It links directly to multiple Sustainable Development Goals: Health (Goal 3); Affordable and Clean Energy (Goal 7); Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Goal 9); Sustainable Cities (Goal 11); Responsible Production and Consumption (Goal 12); Climate Action (Goal 13); and Partnership for the Goals (Goal 17). Simultaneously, the Paris Agreement promotes climate mitigation, which can realize co-benefits for public health in developing countries, with air quality improvements built into the framework of de-carbonization pathways. For countries in Global South require putting continual efforts towards raising the level of awareness among policymakers, the private sector and civil society.
1. Opening Remarks
- Ambassador Shahid Kamal, Head COMSATS Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS)
- Prof. Raheel Qamar, Head of Science & Technology Sector, ICESCO
2. Technical Session
- Mr. Johann Antoine, Research Scientist, Section Head – Nuclear Analytical Lab, International Centre
- Dr. Eric Zusman, Senior Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES) in Hayama, Japan
- Dr.Hassan KCHIH, Head of Air Monitoring Section, Environmental Protection & Control Department (EPCD), Royal Commission Jubail and Yanbu (RC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Prof. Dr. Jalal Halwani, Head of Health & Environment Master, Director of Water & Environment Lab, Lebanese University, Tripoli, Lebanon
- Dr. Foued El Ayni, Environmental Expert at Directorate of Science & Technology of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Morroco
- Prof. Dr. Jacob Ademola Sonibare, Professor Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
- Mr. Abid Omar, Founder, Pakistan Air Quality Initiative(PAQI)
- Prof.Dr. Gabriel Filippelli, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA
3. Panel Discussion
6. Closing Remarks
- Dr. Muhammad Sharif, Advisor Science and Technology, ICESCO