Remarks by Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) On UNEP's 40th Anniversary.

Your Excellencies, Heads of state and Government, Your Excellency Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo, Your Excellency, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN and dear colleagues (USG, Heads of UN Agencies), Dr Jean Ping, Chairperson of AUC, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and distinguished guests, Let me first thank President Kibaki for organizing this high level celebration of 40 years of UNEP. The decision, taken at the 1972 UN General Assembly, to locate UNEP in Africa and in Kenya four decades ago was an inspired one.
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