Wednesday, December 12, 2018
CS, Min. of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Wakhungu giving her keynote address during the opening session of UNEA 2

CS, Min. of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Wakhungu giving her keynote address during the opening session of UNEA 2

The UNEA-2 meeting, that brought the world’s environment ministers together, ended in on Friday, 27th May, after passing far reaching decisions on issues such as marine litter, the illegal trade in wildlife, air pollution, chemicals and waste, and sustainable consumption and production – which are an integral part of the global action needed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

In her closing remarks to the World’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhugu commended the delegates for the five day hard work and commitment and interest in being part of the solutions on environmental sustainability. Noting that there is need for synergy in environmental sustainability at global level, Prof. Wakhungu reiterated that, Kenya will be part and parcel of international community in addressing environmental challenges that is facing the globe.

During the UNEA-2 and associated side events, thousands of delegates from 174 countries, 120 at the ministerial level, took part on issues of global importance, including the Sustainable Innovation Expo and the Science-Policy Forum. Among the 25 resolutions and actions decided at UNEA-2, the theme of which was “Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, were the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement Implementation, Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Marine Litter and Debris, Healthy Environment, Healthy People, armed conflict and its relation to the environment and resolutions on food waste and sustainable consumption and production.

UNEA-2 sessions were presided over by Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment Edgar Gutiérrez, who took over as the President of UNEA from Oyun Sanjaasuren, former Minister of Environment and Green Development in Mongolia.

Delegates to the UNEA-2 Session in Nairobi, including CS,  Prof. Wakhungu in a group photo with President Kenyatta at UNEP

Delegates to the UNEA-2 Session in Nairobi, including CS, Prof. Wakhungu in a group photo with President Kenyatta at UNEP

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