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SEI’s Philip Osano speaks to Quartz on Africa’s response to air pollution and climate change

As host of the 2026 Youth Olympics, Senegal is pushing for sustainable sports in Africa by installing air quality monitoring devices in stadiums and running tracks.

Lawrence Nzuve / Published on 29 September 2022
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Dakar Arena, an indoor sports complex in Diamniadio, Senegal

SEI Africa, the Government of Senegal and several partners installed an air quality sensor at Dakar Arena, an indoor sports complex in Diamniadio, Senegal. Photo: Lawrence Nzuve / SEI.

We have provided data for all the African countries on air quality. We provide to African governments and all stakeholders measures on five key areas where if they take action, Africa will be able to achieve objectives of the Africa Union Agenda 2063.

Dr Philip Osano, SEI Africa Centre Director

Senegal has now joined 6000 cities across 117 countries around the world that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates are investing in monitoring air quality at sporting events. Due to their vigorous activities and the resultant higher rate of breathing during exercise and increased airflow velocity during live matches, athletes are most affected by poor air quality.

SEI is partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa and the African Union Commission to prepare the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) report on an integrated assessment of air pollution and climate in Africa. The report to be launched later in the year has identified 37 measures that if implemented provide a package of solutions for achieving cleaner air in the continent.


Philip Osano
Philip Osano

Centre Director

SEI Africa

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