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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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

Sustainable Cities and COVID-19: Plans for Action

"Last month, Soroptimist International participated in the High-Level Political Forum Parallel Dialogue ‘Sustainable Cities and COVID-19: Plans for Action’, which was organised by the Urban Cluster (NGO Major Group). This event was orchestrated to facilitate a lively dialogue focussing on how the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Build back better, build back greener – Act#ForNature

A Blog by Mary Muia, SI UN Representative Nairobi Centre.  The 5th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), is to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2021 with the theme ‘Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’. As part of the preparations for UNEA-5, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEA Presidency,

Our Voice at the UN

This month's edition focuses on the work of SI's United Nations representatives in Nairobi. The United Nations Office in Nairobi is the headquarters for the UN in Africa and the home of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). UNEP is responsible for coordinating the UN’s environmental activities and supports the

Amplifying the Voices of Africa’s Young People for the Environment

Report by Mary Muia & Beatrice Oluoch, SI UN Representatives in Nairobi. “Nature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, tackle climate change and protect our living planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other

Have we reached a positive tipping point on the climate crisis?

Article written by Mary Muia, SI UN Representative, Nairobi "Fixing the planet's problem isn’t as possible, rather focus on how we basically live our lives, how we grow our food, how we dispose of our waste and protect our environment.” Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


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