NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya pledged on Wednesday to take up the
leadership mantle in order to boost regional efforts
aimed at containing the menace of pollution.
Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Judi
Wakhungu said Nairobi is in a vantage position to
advance regional anti-pollution war based on its
abundant expertise, innovations and macro-economic
government, we take the issue of solid waste management
seriously and are ready to partner with neighboring
countries to help them address pollution in their
backyard,” said Wakhungu in a speech read on her behalf
by the Director General of National Environment
Management Authority (NEMA), Geoffrey Wahungu.
of environment had organized a symposium on the
sidelines of the third edition of United Nations
Environment Assembly (UNEA3) to explain steps it had
taken to eliminate plastic pollution.
assembly which ended in Nairobi on Wednesday, Kenya
earned accolades from world environment ministers,
campaigners and industry executives for enforcing a
historic ban on manufacture, sale and use of plastic
The ban was
hailed as a precedent setter in the global efforts to
eradicate plastic waste choking oceans, land and fresh
said the East African nation had put in place solid
measures to hasten attainment of pollution free status
in line with global and regional pacts.
pollution control agenda is being implemented at all
levels of our society to realize human and ecosystems
health. Kenya can offer guidance to its neighbors on how
to achieve environmental sustainability,” Wakhungu said.
pioneered globally recognized initiatives to boost
management of solid and liquid waste.
director-general Geoffrey Wahungu said enactment of
robust policies and legislation has encouraged
investments in waste recycling and ecosystems
“We have a
vibrant waste recycling industry that has created
millions of jobs while providing revenue to the
exchequer. Regional cooperation is crucial to boost
action on emerging pollution challenges like electronic
waste,” said Wahungu.
that knowledge sharing and skills transfer will
strengthen regional efforts to halt cross- border
movement of hazardous waste.
Kenya plans to host
East African Framework Agreement on air pollution
forum opens in Kenya with a call to combat pollution
By Christine Lagat NAIROBI, (Xinhua)
-- The third United Nations
Environment Assembly (UNEA3) opened in Nairobi on Monday
with delegates renewing call for collective efforts to
The theme of
this year’s global environment event, “Towards a
Pollution-Free Planet,” seeks to rally governments,
industry and civil society to support innovative waste
attending the three-day global environment assembly will
discuss a raft of policy and technology based
interventions to reduce the menace of pollution.
Gutierrez, President of UNEA3 and Costa Rican Minister
for Environment and Energy, said that policymakers,
industry leaders and grassroots campaigners are united
in their resolve to find durable solution to the global
affected by pollution and our collective goal is to
reduce it through science-based interventions,”
Gutierrez said, adding that political goodwill is
required to tackle pollution menace.
the opening ceremony of the assembly, Judi Wakhungu,
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural
Resources, said “as we strive to develop and provide
better services to our citizens, pollution has equally
increased. It is time the world addressed this challenge
appreciate that a pollution free planet cannot be
achieved in isolation, a strong reason for us to work
together on the matter,” Wakhungu said.
reaffirmed Kenya’s support for multilateral initiatives
aimed at revitalizing war on pollution that is to blame
for ecosystems depletion and a higher disease burden
among poor communities.
Executive Director of UN Environment (UNEP), said that a
vision for a pollution free planet can be achieved if
key stakeholders step up their contribution.
huge benefits if we fight pollution and they include
creation of jobs and human health. We need to put
pressure on politicians and business leaders to act on
pollution,” Solheim said.
for environment, captains of industry, members of
academia and civil society are expected to endorse
sweeping measures to rejuvenate the fight against
pollution at the end of the three day global environment