UNEP Pays Tribute to John Michuki, Environment Minister of Kenya Wed, Feb 22, 2012

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Nairobi, 22 February 2012 -We join the Government and people of Kenya in mourning the passing of Honourable John Michuki, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Kenya. He served his country in many capacities over more than five decades with commitment and distinction. His energy, intellect, humour, loyalty to the nation and determination to make a difference earned him the admiration and respect of the people of Kenya and beyond.

In his capacity as Minister of Environment, Honourable Michuki provided Kenya and Kenyans with a voice both on the national stage as well as the international arena when it came to addressing the sustainability challenges of our time.

Always practical, at times irreverent, but ever focused on delivering results even when others claimed it could not be done, John Michuki has left a legacy of accomplishments.

These range from the understanding and actions to realize his government's vision of restoring and rehabilitating the Mau forest complex to championing climate change at key UN fora and pursuing arguing for the strengthening of UNEP at its headquarters in Nairobi.

UNEP would like to express its deep appreciation to John Michuki for his support, guidance and unfailing support to our institution and work.

We join his family, friends and the people of Kenya in bidding farewell to an exceptional man and an extraordinary life.

Achim Steiner

UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director

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