2-Day Scientific Meeting

Effects of Air Pollution on Health, Human Capital and Sustainable Development in India

Two-Day Scientific Meeting


17th – 18th July 2019

Venue : Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi, India



Wednesday, 17th July 2019Presenters
9.00 – 9.30Registration
9:30 – 10:45

Welcome and Introduction


1.  Atul Bagai, Head, India Office UNEP: Welcome (5 minutes)

2.  Shreekant Gupta, Executive Director, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics: Welcome (5 minutes)

3.       Thomas Chiles, Dean Research, Boston College: Remarks (5 minutes)

4.  Phil Landrigan, Director of Project: Remarks (10 minutes)

5.  Pushpam Kumar, Co-Director of Project and Chief Environmental Economist, UNEP: Remarks (10 minutes)

6.  B. Bhargava, DG, ICMR: Remarks (10 minutes) (10 Minutes)

7. C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Keynote Message (30 Minutes)

10.45-11.00Self- Introduction by Participants 
11:00 – 11:30Tea / Coffee
11:30 – 1:00

–   Air Pollution, Morbidity and Mortality


Chair: Ligia Norohna, Director, Economy Division, UNEP

Discussion led by:

Lalit Dandona, Distinguished Research Professor, Public Health Foundation of India

1:00 – 2:00Lunch
2:00 – 3:30

–   Air Pollution and the Economy


Chair: Indrani Gupta, Professor and Head, Health Policy Research Unit, Institute of Economic Growth

Discussion led by:

–  Maureen Cropper, Distinguished Professor (Presentation 1 and Presentation 2)

and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Maryland

–  Rodney Smith, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

  Shreekant Gupta, Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
3:30 – 4:00Tea / Coffee
4:00 – 5:30

–  Air Pollution and the Economy (continued)

–  Air Pollution and Human Capital

Chair: Rajesh Kumar, Professor and Head, PGIMER School of Public Health, Chandigarh

Discussion led by:

Shreekant Gupta

–  Maureen Cropper

–  Rodney Smith

–  David Bellinger, Research Director of Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital

–  Gunars Platais, Fellow at the Sustainability Innovation Lab at Colorado (SILC), University of Colorado Boulder

Thursday, 18th JulyPresenters
9:30 – 11:00

–  Source apportionment

Chair: Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute

Discussion led by:

–   Pallavi Pant, Staff Scientist, Health Effects Institute, Boston

–  Kirk Smith, Professor of Global Environment Health, University of California, Berkeley

–   P.Bhanumati, Deputy Director General, Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

–  Chandra Venkataraman, Professor of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

11:00–11:30Tea / Coffee
11:30 – 1:00

–  Strategy and Policy Options

Chair: Sarath Guttikunda, Director, UrbanEmissions.info

Discussion led by:

–  Mukesh Khare, Professor, Civil Engineering Department, IIT D

–  Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director of Research and Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment

–  Ajay Nagpure, Head, Air Pollution, Sustainable Cities Programme, World Resources Institute

–  Sanjay Upadhyay, Advocate Supreme Court of India & Managing Partner, Enviro Legal Defence Firm

1:00 – 2:00Lunch
2:00 – 3:30–  Strategy and Policy Options (continued)Discussion led by:
 Chair: Tushar K Joshi, Sr. Advisor Environmental Health, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

–  Mukesh Khare, Professor, IIT Kanpur

–  Prashant Gargava, Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board

–  Bhavay Sharma, Senior Project Associate – Air Quality, World Resources Institute

–  Praveen Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Boston College

3:30 – 5:00

–  Wrap up

–   Next Steps?

Chairs: Phil Landrigan and Pushpam Kumar

Special Remarks by Shamika Ravi, Brookings Institution India and Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM)

Next Steps:

–  Delegate Roles and Responsibilities

–  Roadmap

–  Communications

–  Timeline