Prioritising climate action through a health and vulnerability lens

  • Prioritising action on climate in Pakistan requires focusing in areas that are high priority for both reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and yielding considerable local national benefits, such as improved health for all citizens, increased productivity, and reduced vulnerabilities of low-income households to health-related income shocks.
  • The case for improving air quality is compelling: matching it to the current World Health Organization (WHO) standard can increase the average life expectancy of a Pakistani by 2.7 years and of a Lahori by 5.3, as well as decrease the risk of stunting in children.
  • This brief describes a six-point policy agenda to tackle air pollution, focusing on actions that could involve a broader effort to tackle climate change.