The 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, second committee agenda
focused on the follow up processes of the outcomes of the United Nations Conference
on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which included negotiations
on the strengthening and upgrading UNEP in Nairobi. This was achieved by the General
Assembly resolution 67/213 on upgrading of UNEP.
The Kenya Mission coordinated this resolution on behalf of the G77 and China through
plenary, round table discussions and informal consultations. A simple, focused and
concise resolution which referred the implementation of paragraph 88 of the Rio+20
Outcome document, “the future we want” in its entirely to the first universal membership
of the Governing Council of UNEP convened in Nairobi from February 18th -23rd 2013.
The Kenya UN Mission followed up on the matter and negotiated the UNEP Resolution
in Nairobi, officially renaming the Governing Council of United Nations Environment
Programme as the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP. The General Assembly
adopted the Resolution by consensus on March 14th 2013, which allows for the participation
of the entire 193 UN member states in its deliberations and decision making. This
will make Kenya the leading diplomatic hub in the region. It will also promote the
coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development
within the United Nations system and serve as an authoritative advocate for global
protection of the environment. The financial resources allocated to UNEP from the
UN regular budget as well as voluntary funding of UNEP are also expected to significantly
upscale the implementation of the new mandates bearing that UNEP shall now have
the powers to convene universal Assembly with High Level Segments which could include
participation of Heads of State and Government on a biannual basis. This is very
prestigious for Kenya and recognition of the continued critical role it plays in
securing and safeguarding the environment. A copy of the resolution can be found on the UNEP
To be a leader in pursuit of Kenya’s interests within the multilateral framework
of the United Nations.
To project, promote and protect the interests and values of the Kenyan people through
effective diplomatic engagement.
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