Forum runs concerning air pollution impact on children’s health

2016-01-26 17:31:26

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ “Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world. When the temperatures drop to -40 Celsius, the air quality worsens and the content of fine particle pollutants during some nights exceeds the recomended level 15 times”, said S.Oyun MP in her presentation during the forum.

She attended the sub-conference themed "Mongolia’s Air Pollution: Current Situation and International Practices". Works for reducing air pollution has been conducted such as provisions of low-emission stoves and fuels, enhancing power supply, replacing low pressure stoves, introducing liquid fuel and renewable energy sources into consumption, and facilitating households with discounts on gas stoves and electricity, she informed.

According to health statistics, number of respiratory disease cases increased 28.6% and of cardiovascular diseases cases directly connected to air pollution increased 18.1% between 1999 and 2016.

After the key presentations, the organizers gave prizes to the winners of essay and drawing competitions under a "Fresh Air and Healthy Future" theme. 

The two-day forum started on January 25 at Shangri La hotel in Ulaanbaatar, attracting over 160 delegates from government agencies and NGOs, also scholars and decision-makers from Mongolia, USA, UK, Australia, China and S.Korea.