KENYA / UNEA CLOSER

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On the last day of the United Nations Environment Assembly, over 130 Environment Ministers exchanged views on the current poaching crisis facing African elephants and rhinos. They also discussed other threats such as illegal harvesting and trafficking of timber, fish and myriad other species. UNEP

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DATELINE: 27 JUNE 2014, NAIROBI, KENYA / FILE

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RECENT, NAIROBI, KENYA

1. Various shots, UN Headquarters exterior

27 JUNE 2014, NAIROBI, KENYA

2. Wide shot, assembly hall
3. Med shot, delegate, Uganda
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Neville Ash, Deputy Director, DEPI:
“The United Nations Environment Assembly brought together the world’s governments, through the environment Ministers, to discuss for the first time at such a level the global issue of illegal trade in wildlife, including timber and fisheries and they met last night at one of two thematic issues being addressed here the universal membership of UNEA to discuss the issue, to address challenges, gaps in our information and understanding and share experiences of good practice but also to look at how the United Nations system as a whole, and UNEP within that, can help advance progress towards addressing illegal trade in wildlife. “
5. Wide shot, assembly hall
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Neville Ash, Deputy Director, DEPI:
“We are facing a global crisis in the illegal trade and wildlife. Much of the attention is given to big animals like the African elephants and rhinos here in the continent of Africa, but around the world wildlife including timber, trees and plant species are being harvested illegally to meet a demand for products which is an illegal supply chain.”
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marco Lambertini, Executive Director WWF:
“We are really going to try and challenge ourselves a little bit in terms of what kind of real commitment we can come out of this conference with.”
8. Med shot, delegate USA
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General:
“We are now poised for the crucial next [phase of human development. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate global eco-system and that is increasingly under pressure from human activities. This forum has the power and the responsibility to promote a global transformation of attitude and practice. I appreciate and I congratulate your hard work during this last one week. But this is just the beginning. Please know that change is in the air”
10. Close up, brochures on poaching
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
“I note also with satisfaction that you have adopted a decision on the illegal trade in wildlife. My government particularly warmly welcomes your bold verdict. The trade destroys our heritage, and threatens our collective security. Your stern response to the menace assures us that our concerns have been heard. In turn we promise you that Kenya will fight this illegal trade as firmly as we are able and I look forward to the success of our new partnership”
12. Wide shot, assembly hall

STORYLINE:

The last day of the United Nations Environment Assembly continued with a series of high profile meetings and events today (27 June).

At a Ministerial Dialogue on illegal trade in wildlife, over 130 Environment Ministers exchanged views on the current poaching crisis facing African elephants and rhinos. They also discussed other threats such as illegal harvesting and trafficking of timber, fish and myriad other species.

A two-part Ministerial Plenary also concluded today. Ministers discussed the way forward to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and the post-2015 Development Agenda including sustainable Production and Consumption.

Following an intensive schedule, UNEA came to a close. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, flew into Nairobi to attend the Closing ceremony of UNEA.

While addressing delegates, he underlined the importance of working in a committed manner towards achieving an environmentally sustainable future. He underlined the power of the UNEA forum in promoting a global transformation in attitudes. He applauded UNEP for the work it has undertaken over the years and welcomed the creation of UNEA.

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, also attended the closing ceremony. He was pleased to know that concrete progress had been made during UNEA on the illegal wildlife crime – a serious problem in Kenya. He also reiterated Kenya’s commitment to environmental issues.

UNEA represents the highest level global platform for environmental policy making. It aims to catalyse international action on issues ranging from the management of life-threatening chemicals to animal poaching and beyond.

To date, the UNEA outcome document has not been finalized.
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