UNEA Schedule


UNEA Schedule Details:

Title :Side Event I - Improving Air Quality in African Cities
Location:Nairobi; Conference Room 9
Start Date:Monday 23 June 2014 13:15
End Date:Monday 23 June 2014 14:45
Description:Improving Air Quality in African Cities

Air quality is a serious and worsening problem in the rapidly growing cities of Africa, as a result of increasing population, urbanization and motorization. According to a March, 2014 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is now the world´s largest single environmental health risk, and is fast becoming one of the leading causes of illness and death in developing countries.

The aim of the side event is to discuss the key sources of air pollution in African cities and the current gaps in understanding of air pollution in Africa. It will emphasize the actions that countries and cities are taking now, and present snapshots of what is happening in several cities in Africa, including in Senegal, Kenya and Nigeria. The event will capitalize on the WHO´s recent report on the health effects of air pollution, which is fast becoming one of the leading causes of illness and death in developing countries, and leads to 176,000 deaths annually in Africa (from outdoor air pollution) and 3.7 million deaths globally. The side event also builds upon the proposed air pollution decision tabled for discussion at UNEA by the US government, and the close links to UNEP´s existing programs.

Speakers Bio:
Moderator Mr. Silvester Kasuku, CEO, Lamu Port and Lamu Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPPSET), Kenya
Welcome & Introduction Ambassador Martin Kimani, Head of Permanent Mission of Kenya to UNEP
Air pollution in Nairobi - Professor Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Kenya
Air Pollution from cook stoves - Engr. Bahijjahtu Abubakar, National Coordinator, Renewable Energy Programme, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria
Closing - Mr. Mounkaila Goumandakoye , Regional Director, Re gional Of􀏐ice for Afr ica, UNEP
Related Document(s)Side Event Outcome Summary Report, 23 June 2014
Air Quality - Side Event Programme
Flyer - Air Quality