Objectives: To protect man and his environment against air pollution and to endeavour to limit and, as far as possible, gradually reduce and prevent air pollution, including long-range transboundary air pollution.
Summary of provisions: The Parties undertake to develop policies and strategies to combat the discharge of air pollutants. They agree to cooperate inter alia in the conduct of research into and/or development of technologies for reducing, monitoring and measuring emissions of sulphur compounds and other major air pollutants. They are also to cooperate in researching the effects of these pollutants on human health and the environment, including agriculture, forestry, materials, aquatic and other natural ecosystems with a view to establishing a scientific basis for dose/effect relationships designed to protect the environment. Finally, they undertake to implement education and training programmes related to the environmental aspects of pollution by sulphur compounds and other major air pollutants.
Institutional mechanisms: An Executive Body is established within the framework of the Senior Advisers to ECE Governments on Environmental Programmes, to inter alia review the implementation of the Convention and establish, as appropriate, working groups to consider matters related to the implementation and development of the Convention, and to this end to prepare appropriate studies and recommendations.
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)