Missions and objectives

A global platform to develop multilateral cooperation between cities and metropolises.
One goal: improve urban air quality by promoting exchanges and disseminating inspiring practices.

Air pollution: a global challenge

Air pollution is one of the main global health risks, which is particularly acute in large cities. According to the World Health Organization, one in nine premature deaths is attributable to exposure to polluted air, or 7 million deaths per year.
Air pollution also has environmental (reduced crop yields, slower plant growth...) and economic (lower productivity, costs of medical care...) impacts. The fight against air pollution therefore enables health, environmental and economic co-benefits.
Finally, as recalled by the IPCC in its last report, climate change mitigation policies and air quality policies have many synergies, since they involve certain common policy levers (such as transport, heating, waste management, industrial processes, etc.)  


Cities at the front line

Cities around the world are at the frontline of air pollution and its impacts: since sources of air pollutant emissions are often concentrated in urban areas, urban populations are particularly exposed to the related health risks. 
To meet this challenge, elected officials and local governments must implement ambitious policies, both operational and regulatory, and design broad communication campaigns to ensure their social acceptability. There are many policy levers that cities can mobilize to improve air quality: transport and mobility, building heating, waste management…


By developing cooperation and strengthening local capacities, GUAPO can help cities to deploy effective tools for monitoring and improving air quality. 


GUAPO’s areas of activity : a holistic approach for breathable air

To reduce urban air pollution and improve public health, GUAPO takes a holistic approach based on four areas of activity:

  • Promote cities and metropolises as front-line actors in the fight against air pollution
  • Make air quality data available (emissions, inventories…)
  • Document the health impacts on urban populations (in particular by using data on exposure to urban pollution) and implement tools to protect the health and quality of life of populations
  • Develop information, awareness-raising and citizen engagement tools aimed at the general public


GUAPO’s objectives

GUAPO's actions meet the association's four main objectives:

  • Facilitate the collection, sharing and comparison of urban air quality data and document its health impacts
  • Develop cooperation, exchanges and experience feedbacks between Member-Cities to implement bold and effective local policies
  • Provide up-to-date and curated information about technological innovations, regulatory developments, and policies implemented at the local level
  • Promote local initiatives that have proved successful at lowering pollutant emissions and reducing population exposure


Tools developed by GUAPO

To achieve these objectives, GUAPO relies on a series of tools that are being developed and expanded by the Member Cities and the association's partners: 

  • A global exchange platform for sharing information and data 
  • A repository for the collection of reliable and comparable data on air pollution, its health impacts and policies implemented 
  • Thematic working groups led by experts and Member-Cities representatives 
  • Context-specific training modules and technical support to Member-Cities (access to relevant expertise and specialized funding programs)