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UN welcomes hosting of environment summit in Kenya

30 May 2014, 12:26

Nairobi - The United Nations hailed the country's hosting of the upcoming UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi.

The historic event will be held in Nairobi from June 23 to June 27.

“The convening of the first UNEA session in Nairobi – home of UNEP and the often referred to environment capital of the world – represents a coming-of-age for the global environment community. For the first time, all 193 members of the UN, plus Observer States and major stakeholders, will be represented in the new assembly—thereby bestowing upon UNEA a new level of representation, legitimacy and authority,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner.

"A broad range of actors from the world of economy, finance, social sciences, legislation, the judiciary and development are also due to participate to help shape the global environment agenda, under the stewardship of UNEA. The issues facing this first session of UNEA are weighty ones which require the voices of all member states and partners to be heard.”

UNEA is the newly-constituted UN high-level platform for decision making on environment that is tasked to chart a new course in the way the international community addresses environmental sustainability challenges.

More than 80 Ministers, Vice Ministers, Secretaries of State as well as  heads of international convention secretariats have confirmed their attendance so far at the inaugural event..

For Kenya, the host country of UNEP’s headquarters for over four decades, the convening of UNEA in its capital city marks another milestone in this pioneering partnership.

 - CAJ News

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