Reports and Publications

To win any battle, we need to know our enemy. UN Environment and its partners, such as the World Health Organization, are constantly updating the science on air pollution and researching new solutions. Read the reports linked below to find out everything you need to know so you can act appropriately. 

Addressing the Used Vehicles Market

Potential strategies for importing and exporting countries to improve safety, fuel economy and emissions impacts most developing and transition countries who do not have vehicle manufacturing capabilities and rely on import for their entire vehicle fleet. A large percentage of these vehicles are…

A review of 20 Years’ Air Pollution Control in Beijing

In 1998, Beijing began an intensified air pollution control programme, and over the last 20 years the city has implemented a series of measures including energy infrastructure optimization, coal-fired pollution control and vehicle emission controls. These efforts successfully reduced air pollution…

Towards a pollution-free planet: Report of the Executive Director

The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme submits to the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme a report entitled “Towards a pollution-free planet”, which describes the challenges posed by global pollution, outlines current efforts…

Towards a pollution-free planet: background report

Pollution today is pervasive and persistent. While the world has achieved significant economic growth over the past few decades, it has been accompanied by large amounts of pollution, with significant impacts on human health and ecosystems and the ways in which some of the major Earth systems…

Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based solutions

This report identifies 25 clean air measures that can positively impact human health, crop yields, climate change and socio-economic development, as well as contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Implementing these measures could help 1 billion people breathe cleaner air by 2030…

Actions on Air Quality

Recognizing the growing global threat of air pollution, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted resolution 1/7: Strengthening the Role of the United Nations Environment Programme in Promoting Air Quality in June 2014. UN Environment was requested to make an overview of the actions…

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