World leaders to tackle environmental issues in Nairobi summit
The second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) summit takes off today in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, with at least 193 government representatives in attendance.
The meeting, which is being held at the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, is set to deliberate on today’s global environmental issues and sustainability challenges.
UNEA attendees are expected to discuss various environmental issues, from sustaining life under water to the improvement of air quality, among others. The attendees are also expected to further all global environmental goals for sustainable development as adopted in New York in September 2015.
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner said that the choice of Nairobi is due to Kenya’s long-standing relationship with the UN. “For Nairobi, the convening of UNEA TWO marks another milestone for the capital of Kenya, which does dual duty as the environment capital of the world,” he said.
The first UNEA summit, which was held in 2014, was a great success. In attendance was UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other key global environmental personalities.
Steiner acknowledged the role played by Kenya in advancing the sustainable development agenda. The country has been on the frontline of advancing this agenda on the international arena. From climate change to green economy strategies, Kenya has provided recognisable leadership, blazing the trail for others to follow.
“The country’s challenges and successes have provided UNEP insight into the effectiveness and impact of environmental issues and solutions to address them,” said Steiner.
Apart from addressing the menace of fuel pollutants, delegates are also expected to discuss issues to do with renewable energy. With at least 600 million people in Africa lacking access to electricity, Kenya, a global leader in geothermal and green energy, has a wealth of experience to share with the rest of the world.
It is hoped that by the end of the summit, vital resolutions will have been reached in addressing crucial environmental issues affecting the world.
Published by Green Jobs Online - 24th May 2016