Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

26 June 2014

Kenya: UN Environment Assembly Meeting Kicks Off in Nairobi

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meeting kicked off (June 26, 2014) in Nairobi. More than 1 300 high level participants, ministers, chief justices, economists and civil society leaders from around the world converges for a five-day meeting in Kenyan capital. Major issues on its agenda include illegal trade in wildlife; environmental rule of law; financing the Green Economy; and the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production.

The first UNEA session is expected to deliver a series of outcomes that would lead to concrete actions to address the key environmental challenges discussed at UNEA .The meeting comes as the first since the 193 members of the UN together with those accredited observer states and major civil society stakeholders are represented.

SahleWork Zewde, UN Undersecretary and head of UNEA's Nairobi office said the level of attendance at the current meeting reflected the world desire to better protect the environment. She called on all participants provide vital input to better service the environment and create a better future for people around the globe. Speaking on his part, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner said the first UNEA session in Nairobi 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. The UNEA meeting will continue processions till June 27.

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