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Nairobi City County Affirms Green Commitment: UN General Assembly President Applauds Sustainable Development Efforts

Nairobi, 2nd March 2024

Nairobi City County Executive Committee Member in charge of Green Nairobi Mr. Ibrahim Auma has today reaffirmed the County Government’s commitment towards transforming Nairobi into a City where nature thrives alongside urban life.

The Green Nairobi Executive spoke today on behalf of Nairobi Governor H.E Sakaja Johnson, when he received the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E Mr. Dennis Francis for site visits to Uhuru park, down town Nairobi and Michuki park to appreciate the work done by Nairobi City County and partners to achieve targets for greenhouse gas reduction and greener city.
Unassembly2Mr. Auma highlighted county’s plans to creating additional green spaces and neighborhood parks.

“The greener spaces not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of our city but also play crucial in mitigating the urban heat island effects, improving air quality and promoting biodiversity.” Mr. Auma reported.

Mr. Auma acknowledged the role played by UN-Habitat in fostering sustainable urban development and human settlements within Nairobi. He pointed out that collaborative initiatives between the County and UN- Habitat, have yielded remarkable achievements contributing significantly to Governor Sakaja’s vision of a greener and more resilient city.
Unassembly19H.E Mr. Dennis Francis noted that the three projects he visited stands as a clear testament to Kenya’s laudable commitment to sustainability and sustainable development, highlighting the nation’s progress in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 11in advocating for building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities amongst others.

“Investing in resilient, reliable and sustainable infrastructure will not only accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development but also reduce inequalities and enhance global resilience to future crises.” Noted the UN- National Assembly President.

“I reassure you that as the President of the General Assembly, I will do my part in calling for global action to build sustainability, including in the realms of urban planning and infrastructure, where billions of dollars of value can be destroyed in a single event.” Mr. Dennis added.

The United Nations General Assembly President was also taken through Nairobi City Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) designs developed with the help of UN- Habitat and Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) for the regeneration of lower CBD streets, with an aim to improve traffic circulation, walking and cycling experience for the Nairobi residents, as well as provide long term and sustainable place based solutions for market streets in downtown Nairobi.

While making the presentation of the NMT designs, County Engineer Thomas Karatai mentioned that the design review has been completed and contractors are setting out the works on the ground for expeditious execution.
Unassembly18Accompanying the County Executive for Green Nairobi were Chief Officer Environment Mr. Hibrahim Otieno, Deputy Director Environment Monitoring Compliance and Enforcement Mr. Kevin Oloitiptip and Assistant Director Parks Ms. Maureen Bett.

The UN General Assembly President was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Kenya to UN- Habitat Ambassador Winnie Mwanjala and UN- Habitat Director General Office for Africa Mr. Oumar Sylla.

Others present were the CEO Nairobi Rivers Commission Brigadier Joseph Maracia, former Mayor of Nairobi City Mr. Joe Akech and representatives from Safer Nairobi Initiatives.

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