The United Nations Office in Nairobi focuses on environmental issues, and covers the work of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). SI’s UN Representatives in Nairobi focus on issues such as rural women, disaster risk reduction, and the effects of climate change on women and girls. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and UNESCO are also in Nairobi and our UN reps attend meetings aligned to Soroptimist International’s work.

SI’s UN Representatives in Nairobi are Mary Muia, Betty Oluoch, Sophia Kipkoech, and Asha Abdulrahman.

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Soroptimist International at the Africa Climate Summit

Blog of Mary Muia, SI UNEA Representative Nairobi Centre The first African Climate Summit marked a pivotal moment in the collective resolve of African nations to address the formidable challenge of climate change. African leaders seem to have united with a shared commitment to take the lead in finding sustainable

Stockholm+50 the overview

SI UN Representative, Beatrice Oluoch reports from Stockholm +50: A Healthy Planet for the Prosperity of All – Our Responsibility, Our Opportunity (2-3 June 2022). "In 2021, the United Nations General Assembly, through resolution 75/280, resolved to convene an international meeting in Stockholm to commemorate 50 years since the landmark

Our Voice at the UN

This edition focuses on recent developments in environmental and climate change policy. UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) Earlier this year, the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) made history as it delivered multiple landmark resolutions in environmental policy. The most significant moment was the adoption of the

UNEP@50: Our Climate; Our Future!

By Mary Muia, SI United Nations Representative at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). "The United Nations Environment Assembly's Fifth Session (UNEA 5.2) doubles up as a perfect opportunity for the UNEP fifty years commemoration since its inception at the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.  The Stockholm

The Fifth Session of United Nations Environment Assembly

Mary Muia, SI UNEP Representative reports from the Opening Plenary of the Fifth UNEA 5.2 Session, Nairobi Kenya The Fifth Session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) began 28 February in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme: Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Besides considering substantive

World Environment Day 2021: Tree Planting in Kibera, Nairobi

Soroptimists have always been dedicated to addressing the issues related to the environment. The first-ever Soroptimist project was to ‘Save the Redwoods’, which was launched by the first Soroptimist club formed in 1921 in Alameda County, California made up of over 80 business and professional women. The great ancient Redwood

2021 is the Critical Turning Point to Make Peace with Nature

Mary Muia, SI UN Representative in Nairobi, brings us the highlights of the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). The virtual Fifth session of UNEA, which ended on Tuesday 24 February concluded that the planet is in crisis and nature must be at the heart of global

Building Back Greener – UNEA 5 is Here!

The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body for the environment. The Assembly meets biennially in Nairobi, Kenya, to set priorities for global environmental policies and to develop international environmental law. Due to the global pandemic, the fifth session of the UNEA will be split into two events, with

Eating Better: For Us and the Planet!

SI UN Representative, Mary Muia, explains why food will be a hot topic at this year's United Nations Environment Assembly. "Food production, consumption, and waste, and how they impact the environment, will be a key topic of discussion at this year's United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-5), taking place online on


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