The Sixteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting of the Malé Declaration on Control and Prevention of Air Pollution and its Likely Transboundary Effect for South Asia (MD/IG16) was organized virtually on 12 January 2022. About 40 participants representing the National Focal Points (NFPs) and the National Implementing Agencies (NIAs) of the Malé Declaration member countries, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, as well as representatives from various international organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), participated in the meeting.
The major discussion was focused on the revival of the Malé Declaration and the review of the draft Strategy and Work Programme for Phase-VII (2022-2026) of the Malé Declaration. Some key decisions were made and agreed by the member countries at the Session, which included, (1) the recognition on the importance of regional cooperation on air pollution in South Asia; (2) the decision to revive and re-launch the Malé Declaration at a high level meeting in 2022; (3) the agreement, in principle, on the draft Strategy and Work Programme for Phase-VII (2022-2026) of the Malé Declaration; (4) the expansion of the scope of work of the Malé Declaration to include air pollution and climate change; and (5) the review of the structure of the Malé Declaration. The AIT RRC.AP as the Secretariat of the Malé Declaration organized this virtual event.