First Lady Margaret Kenyatta held a meeting with UNEP Global Goodwill Ambassador Ms Li Bingbing where they discussed working together in improving the welfare of communities and promoting peaceful co-existence between humans and wildlife.
The First Lady and Ms Bingbing met in Beijing at the sidelines of the 2018 summit of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which kicked off today.
Ms Bingbing, a celebrity who recently co-starred in the movie blockbuster, ‘The Meg’ expressed her desire to collaborate with the First Lady in implementing advocacy projects in Kenya in collaboration with the First Lady.
The Chinese celebrity spoke glowingly of Kenya and the Samburu Community among whom she worked during her last visit to Kenya.
The First Lady extended an invitation to the Goodwill Ambassador to visit Kenya and said that she would be willing to collaborate with her in advocacy programs especially those related to environmental conservational and saving elephants.
“We must continue to advocate and remind people again and again about the importance of wildlife,’’ said the First Lady, as she commended Ms Bingbing’s efforts as goodwill ambassador for the past 10 years.
Ms Bingbing, runs and advocacy called “Say no to ivory” similar to the First Lady’s “Hands off our elephants” program.
The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta also received accolades for championing women and children health through her initiatives including the Beyond Zero campaign.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Global Executive Director Henrietta Fore, who met the First Lady at the sidelines of the 2018 summit of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, said she deserves commendation for her work.
Ms Fore said UNICEF is ready to partner with the First Lady in galvanising support for maternal, new-born and child healthcare through the Beyond Zero initiative.
The UNICEF boss thanked the First Lady for championing causes that uplift the lives of women and children, as well as her passion for wildlife conservation.
“You are a wonderful role model with the right spirit and we would like you to consider being our global champion for maternal and new-born children’s health through OAFLA’’ said Ms Fore.
She said the First Lady’s passion for ending maternal and child deaths is something that can be emulated by other African First Ladies.
A key topic in the meeting was to explore collaboration in championing the cause of young people through the ‘Generation Unlimited’ program endorsed by President Kenyatta and which will be launched on 24th September at this year’s United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) meeting.
The First Lady expressed interest in supporting UNICEF’s work in maternal and child health through her Beyond Zero Initiative as well as galvanising support from Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA).
‘‘We thank you for what you have done in the past and look forward for more collaboration. I look forward to working with you in your next visit to Kenya and will support your global healthcare interventions for mothers and child,” said First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.