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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Pays his First Official Visit to Nairobi & UNEP Headquarters

1 February 2006, Nairobi - UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, concluded his visit to Nairobi, yesterday, with a visit to UNEP Headquarters where he met with Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. The Secretary General also met with Mrs. Anna Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Director-General of UNON and Executive Director of UN Habitat and Heads of Agencies before addressing UN staff in a closed town hall meeting.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Ki-moon paid a courtesy call on Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki, who had just returned to the country from the African Union meeting in Addis Ababa. The situation in Somalia and the on-going crisis in Darfur were high on the agenda of their hour-long discussion.

Accompanied by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka and other dignitaries, the Secretary General had kick-started his visit to Nairobi with a tour of the Kibera slums, one of the largest in Africa and home to about one-million people many of whom are unemployed.

Mr. Ki-moon told reporters and residents of Kibera, “I feel very much humbled by what I am seeing now. That makes me resolve again my firm commitment to work for the improvement of the living conditions, education, water, sanitation, housing – all these are the challenges which we must overcome.”

The UN Secretary General also promised to help generate the necessary "political will" to ensure the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. “We must work together and generate political will to have a smooth implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and I will work very closely, and harder than before,” he said.




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