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International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies: Sharing the Air in North America

Washington, DC.
United States

September 7, 2022
10:00-11:30 am EDT


In celebration of the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, alongside the World Resources Institute (WRI) and United Nations Environment Programme North America, invites the public to join Sharing the Air in North America, a regional dialogue focusing on the far-reaching and transboundary impact of air pollution. The event, hosted on 7 September 2022 from 10:00-11:30am EDT, serves as an opportunity to raise awareness on the urgency of boosting national action, as well as regional and international collaboration on air quality in North America and beyond.

During the dialogue, key policymakers, advocates, and researchers will discuss topics relating to air quality policy, regional collaboration, and innovative approaches to addressing air quality in economically disadvantaged communities. In addition, the event will offer key lessons learned from North American air quality program development and implementation, with a view toward supporting policymakers and decisionmakers in other parts of the world.

This hybrid event will be available in English, French and Spanish.

Poster for CEC Event - Clean Air

Recorded Webcast

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Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, WRI
Welcome and introduction

Barbara Hendrie, UNEP Director for North America
Introduction to the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

Daniel Taillant, Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Introduction to the CEC's work on air quality in North America in recent decades

Jane Nishida, US EPA Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs
Keynote Presentation

Cécile Siewe, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Protection Branch (ECCC)
Keynote Presentation

Miguel Zerón, Head of the International Affairs Unit, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico
Keynote Presentation

Beatriz Cardenas, Air Quality Director, WRI
Introduction to moderated discussion on the Way Forward for Clean Air in North America and Beyond

Gary Kleiman, Orbis Air
Presentation of Key Findings from the "Actions on Air Quality in North America" report.

Edie Chang, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
Environmental Justice: Reflections on the California experience with air quality and environmental justice

Susan Anenberg, Director Climate and Health Institute, George Washington University
Sub-national action: Air pollution, Cities, and Health in North America

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, Head of Unit for Environmental Quality, CEC
Canada-Mexico-US Collaboration on Air Quality/intersections with climate and equity

Beatriz Cardenas, Air Quality Director, WRI
Moderated Discussion with panel

Barbara Hendrie, UNEP Director for North America
Closing Remarks


Georgina O’Farrill
Head of Unit, Outreach and Partnerships
(514) 350-4336