The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conference opened at the Kenyatta Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Monday (10 May) to assess progress in the decade since the UN held its first environment conference in Stockholm.
GV Kenyatta Conference Centre, conference venue (MUTE) (2 shots)
GV Tribal dancers outside conference centre (UP SOUND)
GV Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and other officials arrive in limousine
SV INTERIOR President Moi and other officials walk into conference room
SV President Moi opens conference, speaking
SCU UNEP Director-General Mostafa Tolba speaking
TRANSCRIPT OF SEQUENCE 5: MOI: "When looks back over the years, it becomes clear that in the history of human perception and response, this token conference provided one of the most dramatic of all chapters. For the first time, it seems that all the nations of the world, big or small rich or poor, could effectively unite for common purpose in the face of common evil."
TRANSCRIPT OF SEQUENCE 6: TOLBA: "We hold more firmly than ever to the Stockholm principle -- that of all things on earth, people are the most precious. There is still great potential to meet the needs of the people alive today and the nearly two billion additional passengers we will see come aboard Spaceship Earth between now and the end of the century. We can solve our environmental crisis but first, governments and their peoples must show they have the will to do so. This conference is a one-in-a-decade opportunity to show that you have that will. I thank you."
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Background: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) conference opened at the Kenyatta Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Monday (10 May) to assess progress in the decade since the UN held its first environment conference in Stockholm. Despite pressure from some 15,000 groups around the world, indifferent governments have not helped the campaign's shrinking funds. In opening addresses to the conference delegates, the Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and UNEP Director-General Mostafa Tolba warned that the world's governments had a choice either to act immediately on environmental problems or risk disaster. More than 100 countries are represented at the week-long conference, which will chart UNEP's future course against a background of cooling government enthusiasm and dwindling funds.