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Taking a Collective Breath:  
Clean air for babies, toddlers and their caregivers in cities. 

 

Air pollution affects us all, but its negative impacts are spread unevenly. Exposure to high-levels of air pollution before birth and in the first years of life can have dangerous lifelong consequences, making young children living in cities the most vulnerable.

This is why the Bernard van Leer Foundation will gather the Urban95 network to re-connect, build on collaborations, and discover new ideas and partners at the Urban95 Convening, which focuses on why clean air is an essential part of creating healthy, safe, and vibrant cities in which young children and their families thrive.

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Event Overview

The Urban95 Convening will be held online with two global gatherings on 2 and 14 September and local meetings happening between 3 and 13 September.

Each global gathering will feature a 2.5-hour programme from 14:00–16:30 CET.

 

 

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The importance of clean air

Air pollution is hurting the health and future potential of millions of children around the world. Each year, nearly 600,000 children under five die from diseases caused or exacerbated by its effects.

Children don’t have the power to change their environment, while parents and caregivers are limited in what they can do to protect young children from exposure. Actually solving the issue requires a societal response to address the sources of pollution.

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Speakers

Iyad Kheirbek

Director of the Air Quality Programme at C40 Cities
Iyad Kheirbek
  • Iyad Kheirbek

    Iyad Kheirbek is the Director of the Air Quality Programme at C40 Cities and is responsible for development and delivery of C40’s global air quality strategy, including overseeing C40’s air quality network, air quality technical assistance programme, air quality and climate action planning research, and green ports initiative.

    Prior to joining C40, Iyad worked on air quality, climate, and public health issues with the City of New York, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Air Quality Programme at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In that role, Iyad was responsible for leading air quality monitoring, modeling, research, and policy analysis activities to support development and implementation of New York City’s air quality and climate agendas.

    Prior to joining New York City government, Iyad worked as an environmental scientist for the non-profit NESCAUM, working with States in the Northeastern US in developing air quality and climate programmes.

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Pallavi Pant

Senior Scientist at the Health Effects Institute (HEI)
Pallavi Pant
  • Pallavi Pant

    Pallavi Pant is a Senior Scientist at the Health Effects Institute where she leads the institute’s Global Health programme. She has more than a decade of experience in research and public engagement on air pollution and its health impacts.

    She serves on the editorial board for Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health and is the social media editor for the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. She has also worked with several non-profits and runs a digital knowledge platform on air pollution in India/South Asia.

    She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University of Birmingham, UK and a Master’s in environmental sciences from TERI School of Advanced Studies, India.

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Carlos Dora

President of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH)
Carlos Dora
  • Carlos Dora

    Carlos Dora is a health and environment expert, who led WHO’s work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing, extractive industry). He re-articulated WHO’s response to air pollution and to build local capacity for improving health, climate and air quality through urban policies. He helped frame health contributions to Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda; led early work on health co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health indicators for the SDGs. He worked to include health in Development Banks Safeguards and to establish an inter-ministerial process for transport health and environment in Europe (THE PEP). He worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Columbia University, WHO EURO, the World Bank, in innovating primary care in Brazil and practiced clinical medicine. He served in many science/policy committees and partnerships.

    He currently is the president of the International Society for Urban Health and advisor for governments, civil society and philanthropy about preventing determinants of health through sector and urban policies. His research includes health impact assessment and the perceptions/communication of science and risks by scientists, media and politicians. His MSc and PhD are from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Claudio Castro

Mayor of Renca, Chile
Claudio Castro
  • Claudio Castro

    Claudio Castro is the Mayor of Renca, a working-class municipality located in Santiago, Chile. He took office in 2016 and was re-elected in 2021, winning 92.7% of the popular vote and reaching the first national majority.

    Previously, he served as Social Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the NGO Techo and worked in the Ministry of Education of Chile.

    Mr. Castro is an Engineer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he chaired the Student Federation (FEUC) in 2006 and he holds a Master in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

Advocate for health and air quality, and co-founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation
Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah
  • Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

    Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah is a World Health Organization advocate for health and air quality and co-founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation, based in London.

    A former teacher, Rosamund became a clean air advocate after her 9-year-old daughter, Ella, died in 2013 from a rare and severe form of asthma. Rosamund spent several years campaigning for a second coroner's inquest into Ella's death to determine whether it was linked to air pollution. In a landmark decision in December 2020, the coroner ruled that it was. Ella is now the first person in the UK, and possibly the world, to have air pollution listed as a cause of death on her death certificate.

    Rosamund intends to continue advocating to secure the right for children around world to breathe clean air.

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JP Amaral

Children and Nature Program Coordinator at Alana Institute (Civil Society)
JP Amaral
  • JP Amaral

    Coordinator of the Children and Nature program at Alana Institute. Board member at Greenpeace Brazil, co-founder of Bike Anjo network and of the Urban Ecology Collective. He has a bachelor degree in Environmental Management from the University of São Paulo with specialization in Integrated Management System by Senac and Futurism in the 4D Fluxonomy methodology. He is part of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow's Leaders of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, alumni member of the Red Bull Amaphiko Network of Social Entrepreneurs and Young Global Changers. 

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Laura Santillán and her family

Indigenous leader from Otavalo, Ecuador
Laura Santillán and her family
  • Laura Santillán and her family

    The Chimba-Santillan "ayllu" (family in Kichwa language) is a Kichwa Panzaleo and Otavalo indigenous family that lives in Quito-Ecuador. The family shares intergenerational biocultural and working values. The family's identity is based on an unconventional upbringing focused on education for the regeneration of our "Pachamama (mother earth)".

    Laura Santillán has more than 30 years of experience working on the education and emotional/experiential daily development of children. Laura and Fernando Chimba are indigenous migrants who live in the capital, Quito. Their rejection of racism, classism, lack of environmental consciousness and gender violence resulted in the decision not to send their children to a traditional school. Instead, they wanted to ensure their family retained their ancestral memory, identity, culture, Kichwa language, Andean food, respect for mother earth and the experience of living in the countryside.

    Their concern and urgency to build safe, respectful, and loving spaces specially with indigenous children encouraged them to create the "YACHAY WASI Bilingual Intercultural Community Educational Center" in Quito. This school was institutionalized in 2001, currently they work with about 70 children per year from diverse backgrounds.

    Today, the children follow the same path. They are teachers and physiotherapists, activists for communitarian education, health, linguistic revitalization, food sovereignty, ancestral medicine, biodiversity recovery. As well as activists for the eradication of racism and gender violence. As a family, professionals and sons and daughters of Mother Earth they seek to create a dignified, healthy, fair, beautiful and conscious life for all.

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Joziléia Kaingang

Indigenous woman of the Kaingang ethnic group, teacher and anthropologist
Joziléia Kaingang
  • Joziléia Kaingang

    Joziléia Kaingang is an indigenous leader from the Kaingang ethnic group of southern Brazil. She is a professor and is finishing her doctorate in Social Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Jozileia researches the movements and networks of indigenous women in the areas of Education, Health and Territory. She is part of the State Council of Indigenous Peoples of Santa Catarina and this year they founded the National Articulation of Indigenous Women Warriors of Ancestrality. She is currently participating in the organization of the 2nd National March of Indigenous Women, to be held in September, in Brasilia. 

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