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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Youth Voices Resonate: Global Youth Environment Assembly 2024

Blog of Shaleen Wanjiru and Mary Muia, SI UNEA Representatives in Nairobi.    Since the success of its inaugural edition in 2022, the Global Youth Environment Assembly (GYEA), convened by the Children and Youth Major Group at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has been a testament to youth-driven collaboration

UNEA 6: Beyond Fast Fashion and Sustainable Consumption

Blog of Shaleen Wanjiru and Mary Muia, SI UNEA Representatives in Nairobi. In recent years, the fashion industry has faced increasing scrutiny over its environmental and social impacts, particularly with the rise of fast fashion. On February 21st, 2024, at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Soroptimist

UNEA-6: All Roads Lead to Nairobi, Kenya

Blog of Mary Muia and Dr Victoria Kutto, SI UNEA Representatives in Nairobi. The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) was first established in June 2012 as a result of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. The outcome document drafted for this first session and titled

SI UN Representative Recruitment: New York and Nairobi

Application Deadline: Friday 8 December 2023 12:00 Noon GMT Are you interested in advocating for women and girls to ensure that they have the best life possible?    If yes, consider applying to become a United Nations (UN) Representative working on behalf of Soroptimist International (SI) and join the current team of

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


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