This talk focuses on a UN project of a year-long series of on- line workshops and advocacy on segments of the Sustainable Development Goals post-2015. Gaps in this project draft will be discussed, one area being Urban Air Quality. Air Quality is the easiest measurable target for Sustainable Cities where over 5 billion people, 60% of world population will be living by 2030. Poor air quality increases respiratory diseases among children and elderly, days of work lost by parents, particularly mothers, increased public/private health-care costs and is the only environment target not explicit in the draft. What can be done to address this gap?
About Shazia Z. Rafi, Global Parliamentary Services, LLC.
Shazia Z. Rafi is Managing Director, Global Parliamentary Services, LLC, a social enterprise consulting firm working with governments and legislators globally. Ms. Rafi obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, and her Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Global Parliamentary Sservices, LLC is currently working on Environmental Health parameters in the negotiations on the UNs Sustainable Development Goals post 2015. From 1996-2013 Ms. Rafi was Secretary-General of Parliamentarian for Global Action, an association of legislators from 139 parliaments affiliated with the United Nations. Under Ms. Rafi’s leadership, PGA successfully promoted the Rome Statute, establishing the International Criminal Court; played a critical role in the passage of the Arms Trade Treaty to regulate conventional weapons trade; built international consensus for progressive legislation on gender equality and reproductive health at the Cairo Conference and the Beijing Conference; clean air/clean water legislation focused on urban environmental health and mediated in conflict zones from Azerbaijan to Cote d’Ivoire and Haiti. Ms. Rafi is also a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine, features writer to womensmediacenter, and Op-Ed columnist for the Khaleej Times and Dawn newspaper.