Mayors’ Summit on Air Pollution

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Background

Air pollution is a daily struggle for citizens of the Kathmandu Valley, with municipalities under intense pressure to address this complex problem. Coordinated action across the valley, based on scientific evidence, can help combat the issue. On 25 October 2018, Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in collaboration with Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Lalitpur Metropolitan City, will host a Mayors’ Summit on Air Pollution. Mayors, Deputy Mayors and the Chiefs of the Environment Divisions of 18 municipalities in Kathmandu Valley will participate. The Summit will sensitize and enhance the knowledge of local representatives about the status of air pollution and mitigation measures, and concurrently create synergy amongst the municipalities. 

Experts will brief the mayors on the current scientific understanding of air pollution, potential solutions that municipalities can implement, and possible guiding regulatory frameworks. Melba Pria, the Ambassador of Mexico, will share relevant experiences from Mexico City. Mexico City is geographically very similar to the Kathmandu Valley – a bowl shaped valley with multiple municipalities. Twenty years ago it had the worst air quality in the world, but has since made remarkable improvement. The Mexican Ambassador will speak about how this was achieved, providing inspiration for a model Kathmandu could emulate.  

Programme objective  

The goal of this programme is to create synergy between municipal action plans to improve air quality in the Kathmandu Valley. Its key objectives are highlighted below:

  • To strengthen understanding of air pollution and its control strategies in the national and international contexts among local government representatives
  • To formulate an integrated statement for air quality management from the municipalities and derive commitment for its endorsement and implementation. 

Expected outcomes

At the end of the two-hour event,  18 Kathmandu Valley municipalities will sign a declaration committing to work together for clean air. 

A communication strategy will also be developed so that all municipalities can work effectively and in parallel.