As part of the UAE’s 2021 Sustainability Agenda and Dubai’s commitment to join the global battle against climate change, the Emirate has signed the Air Quality Declaration alongside 34 global leading cities at the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019.
The declaration obliges members to set ambitious targets to reduce pollution; implement policies to raise air quality by 2030; and publish periodic reports on progress - based on the agreement of city mayors that breathing fresh air is a human right.
Participating cities in the C40 Summit are committed to work together to shape a global alliance in the aim of improving air quality.
They have agreed on a range of policies and programs to achieve that goal, including: encouraging public transport; low or zero carbon emissions; encouraging alternative modes of transportation such as walking and cycling; and motivating the involvement of private and public entities to create a better future.
The Air Quality Declaration has been penned by senior politicians from London, Washington, and Berlin, and 30 other capitals around the globe.
His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai and Vice President of the Asian and East Asian cities in the C40 Steering Committee, said: “We are proud to sign the Air Quality Declaration in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council which have fostered Dubai’s strong leadership in the region, and strengthened our commitment to sustainable living.
“Improving air quality for the Emirate’s residents and visitors is at the top of our environmental health priorities, and we are confident this signing will contribute to furthering our sustainability agenda, and to a healthier environment for all.
“Through sustainable construction, and with sustainability at its core, the upcoming Dubai World Expo 2020 is on track to becoming one of the world’s most sustainable expositions in history, and we are excited to share our innovative and impactful climate change solutions with the rest of the world.
“As a representative of our fellow Asian and East Asian cities in the C40 Steering Committee, we are confident that uniting our efforts through numerous collaborations will drastically contribute to tackling climate change.
"As part of Dubai’s important participation at the C40 summit, we have also reaffirmed our strong ties with cities from all over the world, and we look forward to working alongside these strong regional and global players to secure a brighter and sustainable future for many generations to come.”
Dubai is also working with the world's leading cities to develop plans that correspond to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030, particularly those that are related to good health and well-being, responsible consumption and production, affordable renewable energy, and climate action.