Seoul hosts regional forum on cleaning up air

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Seoul hosts regional forum on cleaning up air

The Seoul Metropolitan Government will host an air quality forum this week to discuss ways to better tackle worsening air pollution, including fine dust, its official said Monday.

The 8th Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement will kick off Tuesday for a two-day run at Seoul City Hall, attended by officials and experts from 32 cities in the Asian region, according to the Seoul government.

Countries include China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. South Korea’s provincial cities, including Incheon, Suwon, Gyeonggi and South Chungcheong, will also take part.

The forum will focus on exchanging ideas and views on better ways to address growing air quality problems, which have surfaced as a major social issue for Asian countries.

Dr. Rokho Kim, an environmental specialist in the World Health Organization’s division of the Western Pacific Region, will deliver a keynote speech.

“Fine dust threatens our lives and health, and is an issue that neighboring countries must put their heads together for a solution, as it’s not only a problem for one country,” said Hwang Bo-yeon, an official from the Seoul city government. “This forum will hopefully provide a chance to come up with more diverse and efficient policy solutions.”

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