4 February 2013

Kenya: Nairobi to Host Race Honouring UN Environment Programme

A half marathon will be held in Nairobi on February 24th to celebrate the shift to universal membership in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the agency announced Friday (February 1st).

Several of Kenya's top runners will compete alongside members of the public, UN staff and the diplomatic community during the 21-kilometre celebratory run, organised by the Paul Tergat Foundation, Athletics Kenya and the UNEP, with sponsorship from the International Olympic Committee.

In June 2012, international leaders meeting at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil agreed to "strengthen and upgrade" the Nairobi-based UNEP, deciding to transform its annual governing council from a membership of 58 nations to universal membership.

"UNEP's upgrade means that in many ways Nairobi is truly the environmental capital of the world," said UNEP Director of Communications and Public Information Nick Nuttall. "There is no more fitting way to demonstrate the unity of purpose that UN member states are now showing towards UNEP than a run that brings together Kenyans and peoples from all backgrounds and all parts of the world in a display of solidarity for peace and the environment."

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