Friday, December 18th, 2020

About the Event

The “Future talks:_” is a series of virtual events organized by the UNDP Accelerator Lab in Bosnia and Herzegovina and centred around pressing issues or inspiring development opportunities. During these events, inspiring speakers, disruptors and system-thinkers will share future-looking ideas and thought-provocative experiences around a selected topic that can inspire “out-of-the-box” thinking and innovative approaches to development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first “Future Talks:_“ virtual event is about the air that we breathe and aims to showcase fresh ideas that can nudge action in Bosnia and Herzegovina and contribute to improving air quality in the country.. 


Why Air?

Air is essential for life on Earth. Yet, air pollution is one of the leading environmental causes of death worldwide. In the European Union (EU), for example, about 400.000 premature deaths are caused by the consequences of air pollution, which is more than ten times the toll of road traffic accidents. About 6.5 million people in the EU fall sick due to air pollution, causing strokes, asthma, and bronchitis. Air pollution has very harmful effects on people and the natural environment, and in the EU, almost two-thirds of ecosystems suffer. Air pollution-related health impacts (including mental health) are significant in Bosnia and Herzegovina - a country that faces some of the highest particulate matter (PM) pollution levels in the world. Approximately 3,300 premature deaths per year are attributed to ambient PM2.5 concentrations, equivalent to 9% of the total annual mortality. Sarajevo, the country's capital, observes peaks of primary PM2.5 pollution in the winter months; thermal inversions trap cold and highly polluted air. In such instances, some half a million people are exposed to elevated air pollutant concentrations, and the largest source of primary PM2.5 in Sarajevo is residential combustion (wood and coal), followed by transportation and industry. Air pollution is a problem for many more settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as Zenica, Tuzla, Banovići to name a few. 


We will talk about:

Right to clean air

Most of the global population is exposed, without their consent, to hazardous substances and wastes that increase their likelihood of developing diseases and disabilities throughout their lives. 


Artificial Intelligence

Technology such as AI has become an enabler to help address air pollution. It can aid in better measurement, identify its sources, develop policies, forecast, predict, and apply logic to problem solving.



Biomimicry — emulating nature’s patterns and strategies to develop sustainable technologies — can help us in solving the problem of air quality. 


Smart Mobility and Urban Sensing

Innovative visions for urban mobility to help vitalize human-centered future cities. 

Our Inspiring  Speakers

Our inspiring speakers will be discussing everything from the challenges and opportunities to different perspectives and solutions for air pollution.

Marco Poletto



Byungwook Brian Yoon
Hyundai Motor Company



Aleks Berditchevskaia



Priyanka deSouza


Courtney Savie Lawrence
Circular Design Lab


Weenarin Lulitanonda
Thailand Clean Air Network


Steliana Nedera
UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina