"Raising public awareness is a CAI-Asia priority and BAQ 2006 has brought together two dozen international and domestic journalists for a two day training workshop before covering the meeting."

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CAI-Asia Participates in Yogya Revival!
By BAQ media team

Yogyakarta, December 15, 2006: The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) handed over funds today for Yogyakarta’s reconstruction and rehabilitation effort following the earthquake disaster last May. Read more >>

Criteria for Choosing Air Quality Champions of Asia
By BAQ media team

Yogyakarta, December 15, 2006: The criteria for choosing the air quality champions of Asia were explained by Prof. Frank Murray PhD, Head of the Award Committee of the BAQ 2006, today. Read more >>

Bus rapid transit systems offer effective solution for Asian cities
Yogyakarta, 16 December 2006. Congestion, pollution and the lack of an efficient public transport system in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, prompted Governor Sutiyoso to establish a US$49 million bus rapid transit (BRT) system in 2004. It has been so successful that, two years later, it is being rapidly expanded. Read more >>

Lahore Judge is Air Quality Management Champion
Yogyakarta, 15 December 2006: Pakistan High Court Judge Hamid Ali Shah today received the Air Quality Champion Award for his work in improving air quality in the city of Lahore. Read more >>

Swedish agency receives award for improving air quality
Yogyakarta, 15 December 2006: The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) today received an award as a 2006 Air Quality Management Champion. Read more >>

Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso – An Air Quality Management Champion
Yogyakarta, 15 December 2006. The Governor of Jakarta, Sutiyoso, today received an award as one of the 2006 Air Quality Management Champions for his work in establishing the Transjakarta Busway, one of Asia’s largest bus rapid transport (BRT) systems. The award was conferred on him by the BAQ Organizing Committee during the final day of the BAQ 2006 Workshop. Read more >>

New Inspection and Maintenance award will encourage action on cleaning up old vehicles
Yogyakarta, 14 December, 2006: A $10,000 annual award will be given to individuals or organizations over the next three years for outstanding Inspection & Maintenance work, BAQ 2006 officials announced today. Read more >>

Yogyakarta Summary Supports Long term Vision for Better Air Quality in Asia
Yogyakarta, 14 December 2006: The First Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia today welcomed an initiative by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a long term vision to improve air quality in Asian cities. Read more >>

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Wireless Internet Access (WiFi) at BAQ 2006

BAQ participants who bring their own wireless enabled notebook computers (e.g., Centrino) or a WiFi card, will have the option of accessing the Internet free of charge. WiFi hotspots will be available at selected locations in the Hyatt hotel, including the Best Practices Exhibit. To configure your system please download: Configuring Your Wireless Network Card .

And we have a winner! Congratulations to all the Art for Air winners and finalists!!!

Mr. Asanga Indunil Weerasekara, 37-year-old resident of Sri Lanka, won the first prize in the senior's category, and he is also the overall winner of the Art for Air competition. read more >>

Another Drawing and Coloring Competition in Yogyakarta...
Also, on November 12th, 2006 Yogyakarta Province Environment Office held a Drawing and Coloring Competition with the theme ‘Blue Sky’ for the kindergarten and elementary school students. The event was opened by Yogyakarta Province Environment Office, Prof. Dr. Sudarmadji. In his speech he mentioned that this event is the realization of the long target of Yogyakarta Province Environment Office to introduce the importance of a clean and healthy environment to children at their early age.

1st Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia

The Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia), the State Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) jointly organizes the First Governmental Meeting on Urban Air Quality in Asia on 13-14 December, 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. read more >>

2006 Asian Air Quality Management Champion

Each movement needs its heroes! Who are the heroes of air quality management in Asia? For the first time in the history of BAQ, awards will be handed out to persons who have shaped air quality management in their city or country. The BAQ 2006 Organizing Committee has set up an awards committee headed by Prof. Frank Murray of Murdoch University.

Venue is now the Hyatt Regency Hotel

Following the tragic earthquake that struck Yogyakarta on the morning of 27 May 2006, the BAQ Organizing Committee conducted an assessment of the implications for the BAQ 2006 preparations. In a recent meeting of the BAQ Organizing Committee, the City of Yogyakarta, the Province of Yogyakarta, the State Ministry of Environment, and CAI-Asia reconfirmed their commitment to host the largest regional meeting on urban air quality in Asia this year, in Yogyakarta.

The BAQ 2006 workshop , which had originally been scheduled for 13-15 September, is now taking place on 13-15 December 2006. Read the official press release.

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Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum

The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) have agreed to host the Second Regional EST Forum as part of the Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2006 on 11-12 December 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. read more >>

Yogyakarta Summary Supports Long term Vision for Better Air Quality in Asia

Best Practices Exhibit

BAQ 2006 provides an ideal forum for participants to share and showcase air quality management success stories from their respective cities and countries. Through exhibits, poster displays and one-on-one interaction, the "Best Practices in Air Quality Management Exhibition" will help cities and communities highlight efforts to control or prevent urban air pollution. read more >>