International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies: The International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies is celebrated across the world every year on 7 September.
- This day is facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The theme of 2021:
- The 2021 theme for the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet”.
- This theme emphasizes the health aspects of air pollution, especially considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The main objective this year will be to prioritize the need for healthy air for all while keeping the conversation broad enough to encompass other critical issues such as climate change, human and planetary health as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- The official events and ceremonies will be conducted in cities like Nairobi, Bangkok, and New York.
- On 19 December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), adopted a resolution that stated that 7 September will be observed as the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
- This big move happened at the 52nd plenary meeting of UNGA’s 74th session on sustainable development.
- The year 2020 marked the first international observance of the day and its theme was “Clean Air for All”.
- The day is observed by the UN organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and UN member states.
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was founded on 5 June 1972 by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Maurice Strong.
- It is responsible for coordinating the UN’s environmental activities and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.
- It is the global champion for the environment with programmes focusing on sustainable development, climate, biodiversity and more.
- It is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
- The current Executive Director of UNEP is Inger Andersen and the current Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP is Dechen Tsering.