Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar city has officially joined the WHO Breathe Life Network today. Breathe Life is a campaign launched by the World Health Organization, UN Environment and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to raise awareness on the threat air pollution poses to health and climate. The Clean Air Asia India (CAA) is supporting WHO India on strengthening the Breathe Life Network in Indian cities.
The BreatheLife Campaign aims to engage cities and governments to join the campaign and set air quality targets.
Under the BreatheLife Campaign, Clean Air Asia India and WHO India in partnership with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, organized a training programme today which focused on health impacts of air pollution, air quality monitoring and standards, and introduction of BreatheLife campaigns. Following the training programme, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation officially committed to join BreatheLife Network in the presence of distinguished dignitaries including the Municipal Commissioner, WHO representative, Clean Air Asia team, officials from Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd and other relevant stakeholders.
Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Municipal Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation stressed that public engagement should be major aspect of the BreatheLife campaign. He also highlighted the need for an immediate action plan to reduce the air pollution in the next three-four years.
Manjeet Singh Saluja, National Professional Officer (Environment and Public Health), WHO India congratulated the leadership of Bhubaneswar city for committing to BreatheLife.