A Monegasque delegation participated in the 1st World Health Organization Conference on air pollution and health, held in Geneva from 30 October to 1st November 2018.
The delegation was led by Didier Gamerdinger, Government Counselor-Minister of Social Affairs and Health, accompanied by HE Mrs. Carole Lanteri, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the World Health Organization, and the Directorate Environment.
On this occasion, the Councilor read a message from HSH Prince Albert II. The Sovereign announced that the Principality is joining the Breathelife campaign, jointly led by WHO, UN-Environment and the Coalition for Clean Air and Climate (CCPA) to mobilise cities and individuals to protect our health and the planet against the effects of air pollution, the implementation of which will be ensured by the Directorate of the Environment.
During this conference, Didier Gamerdinger also presented the commitments of the Principality in this global struggle. They will help improve and monitor air quality through, inter alia, new technologies and innovation, thereby helping to reduce the negative impacts of air pollution on health.
For several years now, the Princely Government has been implementing a strategy consistent with these objectives. The following commitments that were presented at this conference include:
- a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality in 2050;
- government financial assistance to encourage soft mobility;
- reducing the tonnages of incinerated waste;
- the establishment of an air quality monitoring network to ensure that the European limit values are respected and to reach those of the WHO by 2030;
- a new hospital that will meet high energy performance and operate without environmental impacts.
An opportunity for the Government Counselor for Health to recall that “we must together accept the responsibility to maintain and improve health and sustainable human development for our youth and future generations. the Principality is committed and invites everyone to commit themselves.”
For example, Monaco, already involved in environmental initiatives, has confirmed its commitments to WHO in the area of health.