Kunak participated at the Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

March 20, 2019
Category: Events

Kunak has been present at the highest summit of the United Nations on the environment. The fourth session of the Assembly took place on March 11-15 in Nairobi, Kenya, and focused on achieving innovative solutions for the environment and sustainable development.

Kunak has participated in the presentation of the Air Quality Project, in which they collaborate with World Athletics – International Athletics Federation – and the United Nations Environment Program. The Air Quality Project aims to address the issue of air pollution, which contributes to 7 million deaths annually worldwide.

By creating an air quality monitoring network across 1,000 athletics tracks worldwide, the UNEP/World Athletics partnership provides a first-hand opportunity to countries with limited air quality data to learn how low-cost sensors can provide evidence to improve the health of its citizens and future athletes. It also demonstrates an innovative approach to solving the air pollution problem.

Representatives from UNEP and Kunak explained how the UNEP/ IAAF Clean Air partnership supports the UN Environment’s long-term programme to build the capacity of local governments to manage air pollution in urban areas.

The Business Development Manager of Kunak, showed participants at UNEA real-time data from the IAAF’s air quality pilot at Stade Louis II in Monaco, Addis Ababa National Stadium in Ethiopia, Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre in Australia, and the Mexican Olympic Sports Center in Mexico, and described the collaboration between UNEP and World Athletics at the Science-Policy-Business Forum. World Athletics will soon install air quality devices in Asia and South America.

Air quality, sports and health

Last year 2018, Kunak was selected to participate in the project in which the IAAF and the United Nations Environment Program collaborate to address the problem of poor air quality. In particular, Kunak joined this project as a supplier of air quality monitoring equipment for installation on athletic tracks around the world (at the moment they have been installed in stadiums in Monaco, Peru, Ethiopia, Mexico, Sydney and Japan.) The alliance signed for the next five years between the IAAF and the UN Environment Program, endorsed by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, aims to install 1000 air quality equipment on athletic tracks certified by the IAAF throughout the world, that provide real-time data on air quality. The pollutants that will be measured include PM2.5 (particles), PM10, O3 and NO2, which according to research are the four main elements that impact athletes’ performance.


About UNEA

UNEA is a biennial gathering of high-level delegates from heads of state and ministers of environment to stakeholders in environmental issues. Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production are the themes at this year’s assembly, which opened on 11 March and runs until 15 March, with the slogan “think beyond, live within” and hashtag #solvedifferent.