United Nations expresses increased confidence in Kenya


The United Nations has expressed confidence in Kenya and assured that it will work with the Government in achieving its development agenda.

Speaking Wednesday at State House, Nairobi, when he met President Uhuru Kenyatta,  United Nations Environmental Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner said Nairobi will continue being a UN city.

“Don’t let anyone sow the seeds of doubt. We have been part of Kenya and we will continue being here,” he said.

President Kenyatta thanked Mr Steiner for UNEP’s close cooperation with the Government as he also announced that his administration will embark on programmes to make Nairobi “a truly UN city”.

“We will do more to make Nairobi a competitive UN city by improving the infrastructure, creating more conference facilities and reducing crime,” said the President.

The President said Kenya will continue playing its leadership role in the conservation of the environment.

“We want Nairobi to continue being at the centre of environmental sustainability,” he said.

Mr Steiner praised Kenya for its role in being a leader in innovations that aim at protecting the environment.

“Kenya is among the top ten countries in innovation in renewable energy and that role is recognized by the UN,” he said.

Mr Steiner presented to the President a report which was released yesterday by UNEP on illegal trade in wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horns. The report was prepared by the UN and Interpol.

The President later held a meeting with United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark.

Ms Clark thanked the President for the role Kenya has played in environmental issues and opening up trade in the region.

“We are pleased to hear of the rail project you have embarked on which will open up the region,” she said.

The President said the rail project, when complete, will be linked with sections in other countries and this will ultimately open up the eastern and central parts of Africa for trade.

The President’s meetings with Steiner and Clark come ahead of tomorrow’s official opening of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) at the UN headquarters in Nairobi.

President Kenyatta will officially open the inaugural session of the UNEA that will also be attended by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon.