In the 1960s, there was increasing concern that high concentrations of smog in cities posed a serious health problem. A landmark report published in 1965 warned of increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
In 1969, these concerns inspired UN Resolution 2398. A set of reports was produced from the UN secretary-general with a focus on ‘stimulating and providing guidelines for action by national government and international organisations’ facing environmental issues.
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