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    The first World Environment Day (June 5th) was marked by a telephone link up between Sweden, Kenya and New York.

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    MV Waldheim holding 'phone

    SV & CU Kenyatta holding 'phone

    SV Mr. Strong PAN TO Mr. Palme on 'phones.

    CU Plame speaking

    CU Waldheim speaks

    CU Strong speaking

    CU PULL BACK Kenyatta speaking

    PALME: "We are assembled here today to commemorate the anniversary of the United Nations Conference in Stockholm last year on World Environment Day -- and thus this is a very important moment. The Environment conference last year focused the attention of the world community on the problems and the challenges of creating a better environment and on our responsibilities for future generations."

    WALDHEIM: "I thank you very much Mr. Prime Minister. It is indeed a great satisfaction and privilege for me on this first World Environment Day to be part of this inter-continental link between Stockholm, Nairobi and New York. This tri-continental meeting of the (INDISTINCT) has an obvious significance. At the present time, more than ever, we realise that there is only one earth. We also realise that our world is becoming smaller with each passing year and that interdependence between nations is steadily growing. The future of the human environment can no longer be taken for granted. It gives me great satisfaction to say that in the short span of one year the United Nations has come a long way towards full involvement in the issues and problems of the human environment. And in creating that involvement, none has been more instrumental than Maurice Strong to whom I have pleasure now in passing this call."

    STRONG: "We are now well launched on the road to the translation of the results of the Stockholm conference indicating a concerted and sustained attack on global environmental problems."

    KENYATTA: "I wish to state how proud we are that this nation has been selected as a host country for a world wide celebration of effort in this field of human environment. On this Programme global concern at the environment has been expressed through an international forum and the challenge confronting humanity has been taken up by executive and financial instruments of the U.N. We in Nairobi fully recognise the importance of the world nerve centre that will be established here, and the part that Kenya will play in supporting every aspect of this organised global activity."

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    Background: The first World Environment Day (June 5th) was marked by a telephone link up between Sweden, Kenya and New York. The United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Waldheim, at the U.N. headquarters, exchanged messages with the Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Olof Palme and the Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta.

    World Environment Day is the first anniversary of the United Nations Environment Conference in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. The conference took the first steps towards effective international action to protect the environment.

    The Environment Programme, which came out of the conference, is about to meet and translate the conference decisions into a programme of action. Mr. Maurice Strong, the Executive Director of the Programme was with Mr. Malme in Stockholm -- he also spoke on the line up. This former Canadian industrialist spent two years preparing for the Stockholm conference.

    Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is the headquarters of the Environment programme -- this is the first time a central United Nations body has been located in the third world.

    An Environment Fund, eventually expected to reach $100 million (GBP40 million) will finance the first five years' activities. One of these will be "Earthwatch" -- an international source of environmental information. A "Genebank" is also to be set up to conserve threatened plant species.

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