President Jomo Kenyatta welcomed representatives of the 58-nation Governing Council of the United Nations Environmental Programme (U.
President Jomo Kenyatta welcomed representatives of the 58-nation Governing Council of the United Nations Environmental Programme (U.N.E.P.) to Nairobi on Wednesday (13 March) for their second session.
The Council - which was set up to review and plan environmental projects - elected the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Dr. Njoroge Mungai as its President on Monday (11 March). In his acceptance speech, Dr. Mungai said it was his sincere wish that this session of the U.N.E.P. Council would be remembered by future generations as the first to give "concrete solutions and recommendations as a positive measure towards solving the pressing problems of the environment".
In his speech, on Wednesday, President Kenyatta said he had been impressed with "the pace and competence of events" since the Programme was established. The Council's first session was held in Geneva last June. Six months ago, the U.N.E.P. headquarters were officially opened in Nairobi - making history as the first U.N. organisation to be established in the third world.
One of the U.N.E.P.'s first tasks is an "Earthwatch" - a project to monitor the earth for pollution. A list of priorities - agreed by the delegates as the most harmful pollutants to man - has been drawn up. The presence of sulphur dioxide in the air heads the list, followed by DDT and several other noxious chemicals and heavy metals produced by industry.