NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to use the upcoming General Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in June to intensify the war against poaching, the country’s Permanent Representative to UNEP said on Friday.
Martin Kimani said in Nairobi that a major theme of conversation for all top global leaders during the meeting will be on eliminating illegal trade of wildlife products.
“We had to struggle hard to make sure that poaching was on the agenda as there were many countries that did not want that to happen because they benefit from the vice,” Kimani said on the sidelines of the Global Innovation Competition Awards that recognizes creative innovations that enhance government transparency.
The world environmental assembly will be a key ground for the international community to make decisions about the future of the planet.
“The whole world should make a strong stand against poaching,” he said. He added that the global community must come with solutions that will stop poaching because elephants tusk and rhino horns are not being used in Kenya.
“We are urging world governments and environmental institutions to help to suppress demand of illegal wildlife products,” the envoy said.
He added that Kenya wildlife is a big differentiator for the country’s tourism sector.
He said that the presence of the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi gives Kenya a big voice on environmental issues.