UN assures security during environment confab

The United Nations has reinstated its commitment to carry on with the high-level environmental conference scheduled to hold in Nairobi next month despite mounting security fears and travel warnings from several nations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, close to 100 ministers and 1,200 delegates from around the world are expected to attend the first ever UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi between June 23rd-27th.
“My confidence in Kenya is unshaken,” said Achim Steiner, head of the UN Environment Programme. “It is also the responsibility of the international community not to be intimidated. This is a signal that our work is not compromised by issues of insecurity.”

Nonetheless, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Martin Kimani said security was being prioritised ahead of the meeting.
“Kenya is taking every measure to ensure the success of this landmark event,” Kimani said.
The UNEA is being touted as the United Nations’ highest-level platform for decision making on the environment and is tasked with charting a new course in the way the international community addresses global environmental issues.