Nobel laureate Maathai praised for role at United Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) inducts Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate and green advocate Wangari Maathai (left) as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change (Photo Date: 15/12/2009)

The Nobel Peace laureate and environmental campaigner, Wangari Maathai, has been remembered by UN Secretary-General for her role in the United Nations.

Ban Ki-moon described Professor Maathai, who passed away on Sunday, as a pioneer in articulating the links between human rights, poverty, environmental protection and security.

He said Professor Maathai contributed over many decades to furthering the ideals and objectives of the United Nations.

Martin Nesirky is the spokesman for the Secretary-General.

"In recognition of her deep commitment, the Secretary-General named her a UN Messenger of Peace in December 2009, with a focus on the environment and climate change. In June 2010 the Secretary-General asked her to join an eminent group of personalities responsible for using their global credibility and renown to boost progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. She served effectively and enthusiastically in both roles."

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The Secretary-General said the death of Professor Maathai is a loss for the people of Kenya and the world, as it prepares for next year's UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

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