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Kibaki’s tenure as UNESCO Special Envoy kicks off

During the launch, he is expected to receive the certificate of his designation from Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa/FILE

During the launch, he is expected to receive the certificate of his designation from Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 – Retired President Mwai Kibaki will Wednesday morning launch his tenure as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Special Envoy for Africa.

During the launch, he is expected to receive the certificate of his designation from Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.

Wamalwa received it on his behalf when Kibaki couldn’t travel to Paris, France on April 4 this year due to unavoidable circumstances.

The appointment, made by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, was made official during a ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters.

The appointment acknowledges Kibaki’s efforts to make education an essential tool in the implementation of projects and activities related to water, to promote sustainable management of this resource and support initiatives to facilitate access of the communities.

The event is expected to be attended by Government officials, select members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of both the Private Sector and the academia.

Kibaki was the President of Kenya from December 2002 to April 2013.

In 2013, he created the Mwai Kibaki Institute responsible for developing diplomacy programs on issues relating to the precious liquid, green energy and revitalisation of the coffee culture.

In addition to these, he sponsors the Millennium Water Alliance, a multi-donor funded initiative to promote access to drinking water for communities threatened by lack of water.

Other African personalities who have been honoured by UNESCO are former South African President Nelson Mandela and famous Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka among others.

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