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Statement by President Uhuru Kenyatta After Holding Talks With United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at State House, Nairobi

Statement by President Uhuru Kenyatta After Holding Talks With United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at State House, Nairobi

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Statement by President Uhuru Kenyatta after Holding Talks With United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at State House, Nairobi
Statement by President Uhuru Kenyatta after Holding Talks With United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at State House, Nairobi

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STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.,AFTER HOLDING TALKS WITH UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERALBAN KI-MOON AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI, 28 JUNE 201
Ladies and Gentlemen The presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Nairobi is of great signicance. This is not only because of the importance of United NationsEnvironment Programme!hose head"uarters #enya has hosted !ith pridesince $%&' but also for the strong message it sends about the importance of the environment that is no! ta(ing its rightful place high on the global agenda. This !ee( !e !ere honoured by many distinguished guests from around theglobe. )is Serene )ighness *lbert the Second the Prince of +onaco, the UNGeneral *ssembly President, as !ell as the -ice President of ran. *longsidethem !ere $$' ministers, $/0 government delegations, leaders of the foremostenvironment and developmental agencies, and over $'00 participants. They came to Nairobi the Environment 1apital of the 2orld to debate anddecide on critical issues of environmental health and sustainability. They madedecisions that !ill have a very real impact on the environment !e all live in. 3ust as important they made a strong collective call for the full integration of the environmental dimension in the sustainable development agenda after'0$4 !hen countries !ill have collectively decided on a ne! set of goals toguide their actions to improve the lives of their citi5ens. note !ith great satisfaction that they also adopted a landmar( decision onstopping the illegal trade in !ildlife. 6or the last si7 months my governmenthas !or(ed hard to bring this debate to the Environmental *ssembly. The hard!or( paid o8 !ith its adoption as one of the themes that the ministers !oulddebate. Even better !as the strength of the decision !hich focused on theneed to do more to stop the illegal !ildlife trade at its source transit anddestination, and to stem the demand that is doing so much to provide thenegative incentives driving the crime.+y Government has ta(en decisive steps across agencies to halt poaching andtra9c(ing in !ildlife and !e !ill ta(e up the elements of this decision : andindeed all others that !ere made this !ee( : and implement them to furtherstrengthen the overall e8ort.Ladies and Gentlement is important to try and recognise a historical moment as it occurs becausetoo often !e only note them in hindsight. This is !hat the seating of the UNEnvironment *ssembly here in Nairobi really !as. The !orld came here to ta(eon the most pressing challenges to the future of man(ind. 2e as a country arehonoured to be the location for a conversation of such import. That this happened in Nairobi is the result of the boldness of vision that allo!ed#enya to see( to host UNEP ;< years ago. t !as then the rst UN agency to be

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