Cities in the developing world are at the frontlines of a growing health and climate crisis. More than six million people die each year from causes related to air pollution, with nearly 80% of air-pollution related deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Poor air quality also increases food insecurity and threatens urban livability. Moreover, many of the same emissions that damage lungs are fueling climate change.
The Clean Air Catalyst is a new flagship program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a global consortium of organizations led by World Resources Institute and Environmental Defense Fund. Working with local partners, we are focused on finding innovative, tailored, high-impact solutions to the root causes of air pollution in cities around the world.
To mark our official launch, we are pleased to invite you to a conversation on Accelerating Clean Air Solutions to Deliver Better Health, Climate, and Development Outcomes. Featured speakers include Senator Robert Menendez, Chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Karl Fickenscher, Acting Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, as well as representatives from our partners and first pilot cities -- Indore, India and Jakarta, Indonesia.