Diamniadio Olympic Stadium

Diamniadio Olympic Stadium, the national stadium of the Senegalese national football team, which will host the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics. Photo: Lawrence Nzuve / SEI.

“We have provided data for all the African countries on air quality and climate as part of the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa report and 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. The African Union has suggested that they will develop an Africa Clean Air Programme and the vision we have is that just as we have done at the Abdullahi Wade stadium, at all African stadia and sports facilities we can be able to put up sensors that can allow us to the quality of air for athletes and sportspeople to do their activities in a clean environment.”

— Dr Philip Osano, SEI Africa Centre Director

SEI Africa, and Senegal through her Ministry of Environment, Athletics Senegal, Athletics Kenya, and the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa spoke to the media in the margins of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) on the connection of sports to air quality and climate action in Africa.