Health aspects of long-range transboundary air pollution

The Joint Task Force on the Health Aspects of Air Pollution was established in 1998 within the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution to assess the health effects of such pollution and to provide supporting documentation. Members include experts designated by countries that are parties to the Convention.

The Task Force works to quantify how long-range transboundary air pollution affects human health, and helps define priorities to guide future monitoring and abatement strategies. It also advises on monitoring and modeling activities to improve the quality of assessments.

The activities of the Task Force are based on estimates of air pollution concentrations (particularly those derived by the Cooperative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe), and on the results of hazard assessment carried out by WHO (for example, as part of revising its air quality guidelines).

19th meeting of the Task Force, 18–19 May 2016, Bonn, Germany

National focal points on air quality and health and invited experts will meet to discuss and develop advice for the Convention related to:

  1. national and international policies and processes on air quality and health;
  2. review of the progress in research on health impacts of air pollution;
  3. launch of the WHO AirQ+ software on the quantification of health impacts of air pollution;
  4. communication and public health messages for air pollution;
  5. monitoring and modeling of air pollution and its health impacts in countries of eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia; and
  6. current activities and workplan of the Task Force for 2016–2017.

In addition, on 20 May 2016, a training workshop on the use of the WHO software AirQ+, including interactive presentation of case studies, will be organized.

This meeting is supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.