Takeaways from ASL team at the United Nations

Takeaways from ASL team at the United Nations

The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) was in session at the UN world headquarters in New York City from February 12-16, 2018. For the occasion, two representatives from Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), Courtney Sunna, VP Sales in New York, and Lea Daulan, Digital Marketing Executive in Dublin, were selected to attend the UN Youth Assembly on the theme “Innovation & Collaboration for a Sustainable World.”

The UN conference on Sustainable Development was two very interesting days filled with great learnings, networking and ability to share our experiences with more than thousand other Delegates from more than hundred different countries.

After the opening ceremony on Wednesday 14th 2018 evening in the UN Assembly, Courtney and Lea attended multiple conferences over Thursday and Friday with speakers from very different backgrounds and a common interest in sustainable development, including PricewaterhouseCooper, The World Health Organization, London School of Economics, UN AIDS, Virgin Unite, Jigsaw, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Smart Cities

The talks about smart cities were very much focused on the connectivity of our cities with our mobiles and the way we need to use that technology to enhance sustainable development. Regine Guevara from UN Habitat well illustrated this concept by saying: “the challenge is to make sure that technology serves people and not the other way around”.

Constantine Kontokosta from the Urban Intelligence Lab also said that “data transparency will be key in sustainable urban development.

The importance of using the technology available as much as we can to work towards a better sustainable development is undeniable. Recently, we unveiled a new App, compatible with all smartphones, to bring information about healthy products in an easy-to-use application. The app compiles all products and services that have been certified by our Certification Program and that have been proven to meet the highest standards. If you buy asthma & allergy friendly® certified products, you know you are getting products that are scientifically tested to be suitable for those with asthma and allergies.

Engaging the Private Sector

The role of the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is primordial. The more corporations will focus their investments on sustainable development the more they will earn the trust of their customers.

Patricia Georgiou of Jigsaw, Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Jigsaw, unveiled a new technology called Project Shield, developed by Google, to help protect news sites and freedom of expression from cyber-attacks.

The question that need to be asked is “How can technology make people in the world safer and healthier?” said Patricia Georgiou.

What is important for the private sector is to invest in technologies that will help improve people’s quality of life for a safer and healthier lifestyle.

Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness for Eileen Fisher, a sustainable clothing brand, discussed the importance of conscious business practices, with less stress on supply chains, and discussed “business as a movement” for change.

Addressing Global Health Crisis

Even though the world is safer and healthier than ever before said Simon Bland, director of the UNAIDS, it is very important to keep working on medical innovation and research.

If you stand still, you go backwards. Complacency kills” Simon Bland.

Lea Daulan and Courtney Sunna with Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation

Lea Daulan and Courtney Sunna with Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation

Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation, (WHO) also mentioned the urgent need to “invest in health to make sure we have a healthy nations and healthy people who can drive sustainable development.” She stressed the importance of community engagement and private sector engagement to work together towards a more sustainable future.

It also appeared that Pulmonary diseases is in the Top 10 of non-communicable diseases affecting people. Pulmonary diseases include asthma and infection of air ways. They are usually caused by the quality of the air we breathe. This is way it is important to invest in healthier products free from chemicals and allergens that cause asthma and air ways infections. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program aims at helping manufacturers to invest in developing healthier products for their customers in order to face this serious health issue.


United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, healthier, safer, health, World Health Organisation, technology, innovation, smart city, private sector

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