Everything in place ahead of United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP at 50 and United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA 5.2)

Kenya is ready to host United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP@50 and United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA 5.2) on 28th to 29th February and 3rd to 4th March 2022 respectively in Nairobi, Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has revealed.

The CS made the remarks during a virtual meeting for the Eighteenth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN).

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)’s mandate is to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa; ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner; and ensure that social and economic development is realized at all levels. It also ensures that agricultural activities and practices meet the food security needs of the region.

The CS thanked member states who have coordinated various thematic areas, the African Group of Neighbours and UNEP for their active engagement in the preparation of UNEP@50 and UNEA 5.2.

"We must take into consideration the interconnectedness of our ecosystems, culture and value systems as a continent, as we engage the world with a unified voice, in addition, I urge member States to consider developing a continental action plan to ensure measurable progress with quantified data," the CS said.

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment attracted 47 member states and 30 Environment Ministers.

They reaffirmed their commitment to continue speaking with one voice on matters affecting Africa and in the unity of Africa.

They affirmed the recommendations made by the Bureau at its thirty-second meeting held 17 and 18 November 2021, including on the organisation of this special session.

The ministers urged all member States to actively participate in the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly and the special session to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme and affirmed their commitment to the key policy messages that guide their resolve as set out in the annexe to today's statement.

They jointly expressed appreciation and support to the Dean and the entire African Diplomatic Corps in Nairobi, within the Committee of Permanent Representatives, for the excellent preparations of the Africa region’s participation in the resumed the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Further, they expressed support to Africa region’s sponsored draft resolutions, including on green recovery, biodiversity and health and circular economy, encouraged member states to support, as appropriate, other resolutions, in line with the positions expressed by the Africa group concerning the issues discussed under the agenda of the resumed the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly and strive to support other resolutions of interest to Africa among others.

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