Delegates from more than 43 countries around the World are attending a nine-day conference in Nairobi which has been convened to discuss global pollution monitoring systems.
Delegates from more than 43 countries around the World are attending a nine-day conference in Nairobi which has been convened to discuss global pollution monitoring systems. The conference, held at the Kenyatta Meeting Centre, opened on Monday (11 February) and will continue until Wednesday, 20 February.
Already differences of opinion have arisen in finding ways of tackling the world pollution problem. Experts from the Soviet Union and the United States of America have openly disagreed over the American suggestion that in general, problems facing developing countries should be examined.
In his opening speech, the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nation Environments. Programme (UNEP), Dr. Mostafa Tolbert, stressed the importance of environmental monitoring. He said that the large turn-out at the Conference indicated the interest in environmental matters governments were now taking.
Among items delegates will be looking at during the conference will be a report on the nature of the global environment monitoring system and steps being taken to bring it into existence. The delegates will also be attempting to define criteria for determining what pollutants and other factors, such as soil erosion and loss of forest cover, need to be monitored by UNEP.