German Chancellor Makes Green Economy a Priority in Discussions in UNEP
Nairobi, 12 July 2011 German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, today for a roundtable discussion on the Green Economy.
Welcomed by UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, Ms. Merkel toured UNEP's new office facility, with 6,000 square meters of solar panels, energy-saving lighting and other green features. The building - a benchmark for sustainability in sub-saharan Africa-generates as much electricity as is needed for the 1,200 occupants.
A group of German parliamentarians and business leaders, who joined her during her two-day trip to Kenya, were part of the expert roundtable discussions that followed, covering the advantages of the Green Economy, the role of the private sector as well as green initiatives in Africa.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and green advocate, Wangari Maathai, a patron of UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign, also joined the discussions.
On her second Africa tour since becoming Chancellor in 2005, Ms. Merkel will also travel to Angola and Nigeria.