US Embassy conducts workshop on combating air pollution in India

The workshop series ends with a special closing ceremony in Lucknow on May 26.

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The US Embassy in India conducted a workshop in Jaipur on combating air pollution in North India.  Dr. Virender Singh, Director, Asthma Bhavan, Jaipur inaugurated the workshop, which is part of a series of workshops being held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Lucknow from May 17 to 26.

The workshops are organized by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Dr. Singh tweeted “An honor inaugurating #AirQuality workshop Jaipur w/ Dr. Virender Singh, Director, Asthma Bhawan”

The workshops are aimed at providing a platform for the US and Indian air quality experts to discuss and formulate best practices to control air pollution in North India.

An official statement of the embassy read: “The objective of these workshops is to provide a forum to initiate and strengthen collaboration between US and Indian air quality experts, consider best practices to combat air pollution in North India and build consensus and strategy for follow-on action.”

Workshops include presentations on health effects of air pollution, impact on industry and their mitigation efforts, and air quality management and policy.

While inaugurating the workshop in New Delhi, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Michael P Pelletier said, “In our own experience in the United States, cities that formerly had a reputation of being polluted, dirty, and unattractive, have transformed themselves into clean urban centers with growing economies and healthy populations”.

The workshops are organized to support President Obama and Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to develop cooperative efforts to study the effects of air pollution on human health and well-being.

About a dozen US policy-makers, world-renowned scientists, and industry-sector experts are participating. The workshops will include presentations on the health effects of air pollution, impact on industry and their mitigation efforts, and air quality management and policy.

The workshop series ends with a special closing ceremony in Lucknow on May 26.

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