Thursday, August 24, 2017
The President of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Peter Thomson and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the animal orphanage site in the Nairobi National Park yesterday, on 7th May 2017.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Peter Thomson and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu at the animal orphanage site in the Nairobi National Park yesterday, on 7th May 2017.

The Government’s directive to ban manufacture, importation and use of plastic bags in the country by September this year has received mammoth support from the United Nations General Assembly. The 71st  Session United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson yesterday extoled the order, describing it as a step forward to safeguarding the environment.

Mr. Thomson said use of plastic bags across the globe was contributing immensely to environmental pollution. He said the United Nations General Assembly was rallying its member countries to embrace use of devices which are environment friendly.

President Thomson made these remarks during his official tour of the Nairobi National Park, yesterday 27th May 2017. He accredited the government’s move to burn 105 tons of ivory adding that the initiative was a clear indication that Kenya is committed to eradicate wildlife poaching.

While accepting the President’s acknowledgement, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu reaffirmed her ministry’s commitment to upscale wildlife and environment conservation.

Prof. Wakhungu said the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has implemented far-reaching measures including enacting stiff decrees that prohibits wildlife poaching, human wildlife conflicts and destruction of the environment.

The President and his entourage were accompanied by Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi among other government officials.

Mr. Thomson and his delegation are in the country to hold talks with relevant government agencies in regard to illegal wildlife trade, trophies trafficking, human wildlife conflict, wildlife policies and legal frame works alongside community participation.

The government has banned use of plastic bags used for the commercialization and household packaging. The ban includes importation, manufacture and use of plastic bags CS Environment and Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said the ban takes effect in six months’ time and it is in line with environmental management. The banned plastic bags are categorized under the carrier bag and flat bag where carrier bag is defined as one constructed with handles, and with or without gussets. The flat bag are constructed without handles, and with or without gussets.

GAME DRIVE. CS Wakhungu and H.E. Peter Thomson together with his delegation makes a game drive at the NNP.

GAME DRIVE. CS Wakhungu and H.E. Peter Thomson together with his delegation makes a game drive at the NNP.

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