UN to Release Rideshare Mobile Application in Clean Air Week

Children demonstrating in the streets of Delhi so the Indian government should protect them from dust and noise pollution coming from construction activity. Photo by Rakesh Raman
Children demonstrating in the streets of Delhi so the Indian government should protect them from dust and noise pollution coming from construction activity. Photo by Rakesh Raman

A new UN Rideshare mobile application, brainchild of the Bangkok-based UN Office of Information and Communication Technology, will be launched and demonstrated during Clean Air Week, which will take place in Bangkok from 19-23 March.

The app is among a number of innovations that will be featured during the week, including bicycles from Mobike, pollution sensors from the Clarity Movement, and a virtual reality experience with pollution, including air and plastic pollution.

Focused on solutions, Clean Air Week will bring together leaders from governments and the private sector, experts, civil society, top influencers and celebrities to discuss the latest science and best approaches to tackling pollution at the national and local levels.

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UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India Dia Mirza (an Indian actress) and UN Environment Patron of Clean Air Vijay Shekar Sharma, founder of India’s mobile-first financial services company Paytm, will also attend the meeting.

The Rideshare application, which is currently in beta testing phase, will likely be available in App stores in April. It will allow – and hopefully encourage – UN staff to leave their vehicles at home and pool their travel to and from work.

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Clean Air Week Asia-Pacific will feature a series of events, starting with a Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge Clinic and a workshop on pollution and health assessments.

The week will also include sessions on cleaner fuel and vehicles, a dialogue on doubling fuel economy, and the Asia-Pacific Clean Air Partnership Joint Forum, which will have side events that look at advancing air quality monitoring with emerging technologies.

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