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 therefore focus on issues such as rural women, disaster risk reduction, and the effects of climate change on women and girls. SI’s UN Representatives in Nairobi are Betty Olouch, Sophia Koech and Mary Muia.

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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).

Follow up Implementation of the 4th Session of the UNEA 4

A blog by Mary Muia, Soroptimist International (SI) United Nations (UN) Representative, Nairobi "The incoming Executive Director to UNEP/EA, Ms Inger Andersen during the 146th meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the United Nations held on 20 June 2019 remarked:  “We are at one of the

Household Air Pollution, A Gender Issue

SI UN Representative, Mary Muia blogs from Nairobi about the effects of household air pollution and the need to empower communities and encourage policy makers to heighten their awareness and ensure their commitment to reducing this common health hazard. "Millions of women cook on stoves or fires that fill the

Working Towards a Global Pact for the Environment

The Third Session towards a Global Pact for the Environment was held on 20-22 May, Nairobi, Kenya. SI UN Representative, Beatrice Olouch was in attendance. "The conference was well attended by Member States delegations. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and those that are accredited

Global Warming and Geoengineering

A blog by Beatrice Oluoch, SI UN Representative, Nairobi "A pre-UNEA 4 event, hosted by The Carnegie Climate Engineering Governance Initiative (C2G2), was held on 6 March 2019. The topic for discussion was Learning to govern geoengineering: insights from different experiences on environmental governance. When I first looked at the

Reflection on the Outcome of the Fourth Session of the UNEA-4

A blog by By Mary Muia, SI UN Representative, Nairobi “You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometimes you might find You get what you need" – Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” A quote from the Rolling Stones, above, sets the tone


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