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Nairobi to host key UN environment summit

27 May 2014, 20:55

Nairobi - The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and other high level representatives from more than 190 UN Member and Observer States will attend the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which will convene in Nairobi next month.

The event is slated for the Norfolk Hotel from 23 to 27 June.

UNEA will bring together over 1200 high-level participants from government, business and civil society under the theme, “A Life of Dignity for All.”

This marks a historic milestone in UN Environmental Programmes’ 43-year history.

Among issues to be discussed include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda as a follow-up from Rio+20 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the illegal trade in wildlife to address the escalation in poaching and surge in related environmental crime.

To complement the Ministerial discussions UNEA will also see the convening of two Symposia that address two key aspects of environmental sustainability, namely the environmental rule of law through the gathering of key representatives of the international judicial community, including chief justices, attorney generals and judges as well as the role of finance in the Green Economy.

“For Kenya, hosting UNEA will mean that the attention of world’s leading agencies, experts and activists in environmental management will be on Nairobi. As such, the country’s enormous potential to develop a Green Economy will be on show as never before, with global decisions made having concrete consequences for all Kenyans,” UNEP stated.

According to UNEP, Ambassador Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, will brief journalists about the state of preparations for this landmark event, its significance and the main topics that will be discussed during the assembly.

– CAJ News

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