On April 20-21, along the sidelines of the 2017 World Bank Spring Meetings, AirQualityAsia convened its inaugural High-Level Strategy Session at the US-Asia Institute to discuss the issue of global economic development and its impact on air quality in developing countries in Asia.
The first annual session brought together legislators and experts from the public and private sectors to develop a plan of action for improving air quality in Asia. The pilot countries included in the first phase are India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Participants included parliamentarians from Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Morocco, and Pakistan, and experts from Greenpeace International, World Health Organization, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Clean Air Asia, and Lahore Waste Management Board.
Keynote speakers included Ma Jun, Chief Economist of the People’s Bank of China, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy and Environment in DC government, and Karin Kemper, Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank Group.
The first day of expert presentations and keynotes concluded with a light reception at the Institute. The second day concluded with a roundtable meeting of AQA board members who drafted and approved the Plan of Action.