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Rudisha to lead 77th health assembly on climate action in Geneva

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800-meter world record holder David Rudisha will lead the athletics family this Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland, as Kenya joins the rest of the world at the WHO’s 77th health assembly, which will be marked with a challenge dubbed “The Walk the Talk.”.

Athletics Kenya is among 12 global institutions invited to showcase and promote environmental conservation activities in this year’s celebration, with Rudisha among the two selected African sports brand ambassadors for the United Nations environmental program UNEP on climate change mitigation, alongside Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast, who will also participate in the walk.

The activities are part of the UNEP partnership with World Athletes, which is extended to member federations on Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Geneva, Switzerland, to provide a healthy kick-start to the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly.
 
Addressing the media on Thursday, AK President Jackson Tuwei emphasized the need for the athletic fraternity to lead climate change mitigation measures by supporting the government’s greening legacy.

Tuwei revealed that the federation has already planted over 1,000 trees and is targeting planting 5,000 trees by the end of this year.

WHO is joining with the UN family, Member States, athletes, local sports clubs, health partners, and the Geneva community to celebrate the importance of healthy lifestyles and demonstrate measures to safely conduct public events.

AK signed a partnership with UNEP, which has already installed air quality monitoring sensors in both Kasarani, Raila Odinga stadium, and Nyayo stadiums, as well as the Kapseret Athletes training camp, as part of championing environmental conservation through sports.

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