Tributes paid to Nobel laureate Maathai

Tributes have been paid to the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai who died on Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya at the age of 71.

She was a prominent environmentalist who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977.

The movement has planted more than 30 million trees in Africa and inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign.

During her first visit to the United Nations in 2004 after becoming the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Maathai stressed the importance of using natural resources for the benefit of ordinary people.

"Indeed, this bottom up, this concern for ordinary people, this preoccupation with the majority of the people is what we ought to be doing. These resources should be managed sustainably. That means that we manage them realizing that they are limited, that they should be shared equitably, that it is not fair to allow just a few people to enjoy a large amount of resources at the expense of a large number."

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UN pays tribute to late environmentalist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai

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