Kenya praised for plastic ban at UNEA opening assembly
President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday officially opened the third United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi where Kenya was praised for banning the manufacture and use of plastic packaging both at industrial and domestic levels.
President Kenyatta opened the third UNEA with a call for commitment from all countries in the world to copy Kenyaâs example of banning the use of plastic bags.
âMy advice is that nations should not heed the skeptics, who say that all countries cannot protect our planet better by banning plastic carrier bags,â said the President.
The President also urged the United Nations Environment Programme to strengthen its functions even as he announced that Kenya will increase its voluntary contributions to the world environmental body.
He also announced that after the plastic ban milestone, Kenya has embarked on organising a major regional anti-pollution forum.
The Government is organising to host the East African Framework Agreement on Air Pollution, building on the Nairobi Agreement of 2008. The Nairobi agreement brought together 11 countries to develop actionable targets to address air pollution. âIn 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,â said the President.Also Read CECAFA Senior Challenge 2017 kicks off in Kenya
President Kenyatta 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 June this year.
He said Kenya plans to organise and host a global conference on blue economy within next year as a build up to the Oceans Conference.
The President said Kenya remains wholly committed to strengthening and supporting the UNEP to achieve its noble goals.
âThat is why we will increase Kenyaâs funding to the organization in order to support its programmes,â said the President. âI would also like to encourage other member states to consider raising their voluntary contributions to help United Nations Environment Programme discharge its mandate effectively.â
The President of Guyana, David Ganger, and the President of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, who spoke at the assembly praised Kenya for implementing the ban on plastic packaging.
President Carmona said through the plastic ban Kenya has become the hope for humanity.Also Read Operations in Dadaab refugee camp remain paralyzed
âNothing stops Kenya from becoming known as the hope of humanity just as it is known as the cradle of humanity,â
He said he learnt with admiration that the ban on plastic bags in Kenya has resulted in renewed growth in paper and jute industries in Kenya.
He called on UN Environment Assembly to come up with implementable resolutions that can guide humanity towards intergenerational equity.
âWe should not be indicted by our children and our childrenâs children for polluting planet earth,â said President Carmona.
President Granger said pollution knows no frontiers and the actions of people in one corner of the world will directly affect those in other regions.
He said eradicating pollution requires information, education and communication strategies that informs all people about the fact that a clean environment is a right for all.
âA clean environment is a right for all and not an entitlement for a select few,â said President Granger.Also Read Kenya celebrates 29th World AIDS day
UN undersecretary and Executive Director of UNEP, Erik Solheim, also praised the Government of Kenya for passing tough laws to control plastic use.
Cabinet Secretaries Judy Wakhungu (Environment) and Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs) attended the opening session of the UNEA.
More than 4,000 delegates are attending conference which will run until Friday.
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