Kenya wants UNEP elevated

September 21, 2009 12:00 am

, NEW YORK, Sept 21 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga wants the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) elevated into a fully fledged UN organisation.

He says the move would enable the Nairobi-based organisation to deal comprehensively with the emerging environmental challenges across the world.

"UNEP is struggling to stem the tide of environmental degradation but is currently stifled by duplication and scattering of roles," he said.

Speaking during a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York on Sunday, the PM said strengthening UNEP will mainly boost Africa’s capacity to tackle global warming.

"Africa is beginning to feel the heat of global warming while it is least prepared to deal with it," he said.

The PM asked the UN to help with environmental issues Kenya is grappling with adding that the collapse of the ecosystem would have serious implications for the entire Eastern Africa and beyond.

"Kenya is making substantial contributions to reducing carbon emissions by restoring its forest and water towers and promoting green energy. Such efforts deserve the support of the UN," he said.

Mr Odinga said Kenya is playing a leading role in rallying African states to take a united stand during the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen.


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