8 global cities, including Kathmandu, unite in commitment to mitigate air pollution risks

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Kathmandu’s AQI during the winter becomes one of the worst in the world. Photo: Aryan Dhimal/Onlinekhabar

Kathmandu, December 7

The heads of eight major cities in the world, including Kathmandu, have made a joint commitment to prevent the risk of air pollution.

During the 28th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP-28) held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), leaders from cities associated with the global network of Partnership for Healthy Cities pledged their commitment. This commitment was formalised through a virtual Zoom meeting.

Eight cities, including Chicago in the United States, Bucharest in Romania, Fortaleza in Brazil, Jakarta in Indonesia, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Kigali in Rwanda, Kampala in Uganda, and Kathmandu Metropolitan City, have demonstrated their commitment to climate initiatives.

“The size of the population and the proximity to the challenges give cities enormous potential to lead by example in bringing about change,” stated the leaders in a joint statement released on Wednesday evening. As world leaders convene at COP-28, they collectively urge cities worldwide to implement robust air monitoring programs and advocate for data-driven public health services.

Expressing his dedication, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Balen Shah committed to reducing current air pollution through the implementation of a robust policy. This involves strengthening the air quality monitoring network and conducting targeted programs to engage and educate the community, making them responsible for pollution reduction.

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