UN calls on member states to step up environmental conservation efforts

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United Nations Headquarters In New York
Photo taken on Sept. 14, 2020 shows the outside view of the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

A senior United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) official on Tuesday urged member states to step up environmental conservation efforts in order to realize sustainable development.

Volkan Bozkir, president of the 75 session of the UN General Assembly, said that it is a duty to all nations to ensure that natural resources are protected from harm.

Speaking at a forest management stakeholders forum held in Nairobi, Bozkir said enhanced protection of habitats is key to shielding communities from negative impacts of climate change and disease causing pathogens.

He urged nations to rely on innovative approaches to boost forest management, tackle poverty, hunger, water stress and resource-based conflicts.

Bozkir said the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat presence in Kenya means a lot to the entire UN family since the Nairobi office is the third biggest after offices in New York and Geneva.

Keriako Tobiko, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry said that Kenya has taken environmental conservation efforts a notch higher through the involvement of local communities.

Tobiko said that the government has recognized the important role of communities in forest management and often gives support as per their requirements.

Bozkir is in Kenya on a four-day official visit to attend a high-level review of UN-Habitat’s work on sustainable urbanization. Enditem

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