As Pure Earth works to resolve the pollution crisis in low- and middle-income countries, it has become abundantly clear that such efforts will not succeed without active support from governments and the public opinion they respond to. Advocacy is, therefore, fundamental to Pure Earth’s mission and mandate, and is what led to the creation of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP).
The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) was formed in 2012 by Pure Earth, the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, Asian Development Bank, the European Commission, Ministries of Environment and Health of many low- and middle-income countries to address pollution and health at scale.
GAHP envisions a world where the health of present and future generations, especially children and pregnant women, is safe from toxic pollution. GAHP is a collaborative body, made up of more than 50 members and dozens of observers (see www.gahp.net) that advocates on behalf of its low- and middle-income country members for resources and solutions to pollution problems. As an advocacy and collaboration network, GAHP seeks to build demand for pollution prevention and mitigation programs that are implemented by its members. GAHP builds public, political, technical and financial support to address pollution globally, tracks pollution impact and interventions, promotes scientific research on pollution and raises awareness on the scope and impacts of all types of pollution. GAHP also directly assists low- and middle-income countries to prioritize and address pollution through health and pollution action planning (HPAP) and other development planning processes, in collaboration with its members.