President Uhuru Announces Sh2million Prize For Environment, Peace Champions

President Uhuru Announces Sh2m Prize For Environment, Peace Champions (News Central TV)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced a Sh2 million prize to recognise environmental activist and peace champions.

Known as the Amani and Mazingira Global Award, the first recipient will be announced on June 1 this year during the Madaraka Day celebrations.

He made the announcement at the opening session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 50th anniversary.

President Kenyatta in talks with UNEP Executive Director Inger Anderson

The award will be given bi-annually to people and institutions who champion environmental sustainability and peace coexistence.

He added that the Peace Champions award will act as a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of access to deliver the SGDs and to encourage the adoption of green post-Covid-19.

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Kenyatta also unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the fiftieth anniversary of UNEP.

He was accompanied by President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi; President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari;  Prime Minister of Central Africa Republic, Felix Moloua ; and UNEP Executive Director Inger Anderson.

At the commemorative plaque marking the fiftieth anniversary of UNEP

Kenyatta’s announcement comes a few hours after a historic decision was agreed upon to develop a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution.

The treaty became one of the world’s most ambitious environmental actions since the 1989 Montreal Protocol which effectively phased out ozone-depleting substances.

Following the adoption of the draft resolution on plastics, an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee will now be formed to kick-start work towards a global and legally binding agreement to address plastic menace.

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