Kenya to Host World Environment Ministers

Posted on 27 January 2009. Filed under: Environment, Governance |

More than one hundred Environment Ministers are set to meet in Nairobi on 16 to 20 February 2009 for the United Nations Environment Programme’s annual Governing Council meeting.

The high-level meeting comes on the heels of an eventful year which saw further evidence of global warming, food shortages and the worst financial crisis in years. The ministers meet amid growing calls for a Global Green New Deal – a new approach to the economy that focuses on green growth and investments in natural and nature-based resources.

Issues on the table include:

  • The green economy and green growth
  • Climate change and the ongoing talks towards a new international agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009
  • Mercury – ministers will discuss policy options for an international response to global mercury pollution
  • The food crisis
  • The Olympic Games and the environment
  • An overview of the key environmental issues of the day including ecosystem management, resource efficiency and environmental governance.

Media are welcome to attend the daily press conferences with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner as well as ministers and other environmental leaders.

Media accreditation will open on Wednesday 11 February at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

To register, download the form from and bring your documents to the GC Accreditation Desk at the UNEP Visitors’ Pavilion. The Accreditation Desk will be open every day from 11 to 19 February, 8:30am-1pm.

The full schedule of Governing Council press conferences and media events will be sent out on 9 February.


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It will be the height of irony having that Kenya at the time of hosting the event will be reeling from the effects of poor environmental management with mass deforestation, encroachment of catchment areas(mau, aberdare etc and the displacement of human beings(IDPs) to name but a few. nothing they can say will be taken seriously(the Govt) regarding env management because in truth it will just be lip service. Was there not found a more worthy env sensitive nation to host this conference?

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