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Opening Remarks by Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP during the 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Colleagues,

Dear Friends,

Am deeply honored to welcome you to this 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum on the eve of the special session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum.

It is now 40 years since the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden which led to the establishment of UNEP?an event and an outcome that would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of civil society.

It is also just four months to Rio+20 in Brazil - a conference and Summit that holds the promise of accelerating and scaling up the urgent transformations towards sustainable development that have been incubating in countries and communities since Stockholm 1972 and since Rio 1992.

This is the first time I am addressing this forum since taking up office as the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP.

Can I assure you that in my role here at UNEP, and in my previous capacity within the Government of the Republic of Kenya, civil society was and remains a crucial part of the fabric of sound policymaking and effective delivery.

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