Kenya is advocating for the reinforcement of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), one of the two UN entities hosted by the country in Nairobi.

The other institution is UN Habitat, also situated in the expansive United Nations Complex in Gigiri.

Soipan Tuya, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate, and Forestry, emphasized the need for Kenya to uphold the commitment made at the Rio+20 Summit 11 years ago to consolidate and strengthen UNEP’s functions in Nairobi.

She made these remarks on Friday during the closing session of the 6th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) held from 26th February to 1st March.

Tuya emphasized, “This is important to enable this forum and its anchor body, UNEP, to discharge their mandates effectively to all of us.”

Highlighting Kenya’s dedication to multilateralism as a means to address the global climate crisis, Tuya noted the outcomes of the 6th UN Environment Assembly, which included 20 resolutions and 2 decisions on global importance.

The CS stressed the significance of multilateralism in addressing the myriad challenges in the environmental domain effectively.

The theme of UNEA-6, ‘effective, inclusive, and sustainable multilateral actions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution’, resonated with the current global challenges.

Tuya acknowledged the efforts made by delegates to reach consensus on the meeting’s resolutions, recognizing the sacrifices made and the spirit of collaboration demonstrated.

Expressing gratitude for the success of the assembly, Tuya thanked UNEP for facilitating high-level dialogues on synergies between UN institutions, Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), and the science-policy interface.

She urged UNEP to organize more interactive dialogues in future UNEA sessions to address existing policy gaps and inconsistencies effectively.

Tuya extended appreciation to the outgoing UNEA 6 Presidency, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the bureau for their exceptional leadership during the session. She also congratulated the incoming President of UNEA-7, scheduled for December 8 to 12 next year in Nairobi.

In her closing remarks, Tuya thanked the Executive Director of UNEP, Inger Anderson, and her team for facilitating the important intergovernmental process and congratulated the Government of Oman for their election as the incoming President of UNEA-7.

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