Every year, air pollution causes some 7,000,000 deaths worldwide; 600,000 of these are children. Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General said so on the occasion of the International Day of Clean Air. The UN Office cited him via Facebook.
"The air pollution reflects the global inequality since most of the deaths are observed in the countries with low and middle levels of income, which includes Ukraine, and in poor districts in rich countries. So it's a great source of a reminder that this problem needs to be solved immediately", the official said.
According to Guterres, nine of ten people breathe polluted air these days. If humankind avoids taking serious action to solve this matter, the number of deaths caused by air pollution may double by 2050.
The International Day of Clean Air is observed annually on September 7. The date was originally founded by UN General Assembly in 2019 so as to unite efforts in the struggle for better air quality.