NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced
Tuesday his country plans to host the East African
Framework Agreement on air pollution, building on the
Nairobi Agreement of 2008.
told the Third Session of the United Nations Environment
Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi that Kenya hopes to build on
the gains achieved with the ban on plastic bags as part
of efforts to protect the planet.
furthering the Agreement on Air Pollution, we hope to
repeat the success we have achieved with the ban of
plastic carrier bags, and we look forward to global
support in this effort,” Kenyatta said.
Agreement of 2008 brought together 11 countries to
develop actionable targets to address air pollution.
4,000 heads of states and ministers, UN officials and
civil society are attending UNEA that seeks to galvanize
global support to tackle the pollution menace.
African Framework Agreement on air pollution was signed
in Nairobi in 2008 by African ministers in charge of
environment with an aim to control and reduce agreed air
countries in the pact include Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan,
Somalia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and
the Democratic Republic of Congo.
agreement hopes to reduce air pollution in a number of
areas including transport, industry, mining as well as
indoor air pollution.
hopes to harmonize national air quality standards
legislations among the cooperating states.
said that in the past the pursuit of prosperity was
undertaken by nations with little regard to
bothered to count the environmental costs and even when
they did, they went unheeded,” he added.
also announced that Kenya has started bidding for the
hosting of the second United Nations Oceans Conference
in 2020. The first conference was held in New York in
Kenya plans to organize and host a global conference on
blue economy within next year as a buildup to the Oceans
President said Kenya remains wholly committed to
strengthening and supporting the UN Environment
Programme (UNEP) to achieve its noble goals.
“That is why
we will increase Kenya’s funding to the organization in
order to support its programs. I would also like to
encourage other member states to consider raising their
voluntary contributions to help UNEP discharge its
mandate effectively,” he said.