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Strategic Framework Launched For Better Air Quality
Document aims to guide stakeholders in Asia in reduce outdoor air pollution

Jeju, Republic of Korea (31 March 2004) - A Strategic Framework to assist national and local governments to improve air quality management in Asian cities was launched today at the Eighth Special Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Ministerial Environment Forum being held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The Strategic Framework was launched at a Special Event co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea (MoE-Korea) and UNEP.

National and local governments in Asia are facing the growing impacts on human health and the environment from increasing levels of urban air pollution arising out of rapid urbanization and economic development.

The Strategic Framework for Air Quality Management aims to guide decision-makers and other stakeholders in Asia in the formulation and implementation of air quality management strategies to prevent further deterioration of outdoor air quality. Taking a regional approach, it will help in the setting of air quality priorities; provide direction on institutional development, and capacity enhancement; and highlight the most important components of a comprehensive air quality management system.

The Strategic Framework, a joint initiative of Air Pollution in the Megacities of Asia (APMA) project and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) is the result of a two-year process of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders throughout Asia.

"It is hoped that the Strategic Framework will be endorsed by Environment Ministers and be adopted by Asian national and local city authorities in the development of strategies to address poor air quality," say Dr Gary Haq and Wha-Jin Han of APMA. APMA and CAI-Asia will assist city authorities to implement the key components of the Framework.

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