Africa celebrates the first Wangari Maathai day in conjuction with thE Africa Environment Day


African Union Celebrates the Africa Environment Day

Saturday, 03 March 2012

At the 18th African Union Summit that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 29th to 30th January 2012, African Heads of State and Government decided to recognize the life and work of Wangari Maathai. The Assembly/AU/Decision.406 (XVIII) recognizes her numerous achievements as the first Presiding Officer of AU-ECOSOCC, as an African Union Peace Ambassador, as Founder of the Green Belt Movement, as Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Forest, as UN Peace Messenger for Environment and Climate, and as UNEP Champion of the Earth, and designates March 3rd as Wangari Maathai Day – to be observed in conjunction with Africa Environment Day. The decision further encourages member states to name public landmarks after Wangari Maathai as a way to memorialize her life and work. It also establishes the “Wangari Maathai Award for Outstanding African Achievements in Environment and Biodiversity Conservation.


UNEP Messages

Regional celebrations in N'djamena

Celebrations in Nairobi

Other Messages and Press Releases

Press release(English)

Press release(Arabic)

Dr Abebe haile Gabriel

Representative of AAU

Representative of Kenya

Press Release(En)

Media Advisory Africa Environment Day

AED 2012 Draft Programme

Message de se monsieur Roger Tchoungui - N’Djamena, 3 mars 2012

Message de se monsieur Jean Ping - N’Djamena, 3 mars 2012

Addis Ababa Report

Celebrating Forests for Community Livelihoods

Photo Gallery

The late Prof. Wangari Maathai hugs an indigenous tree. The late Prof. Wangari Maathai inculcates tree planting and growing among children. Addis Ababa University.
Prof. Derebssa Dufera, Head of Partnerships and Cooperation at Addis Ababa University.  Photos from N'Djamena.  Photos from N'Djamena.
Photos from Nairobi, Kenya. Photos from Nairobi, Kenya. Photos from Nairobi, Kenya.
Photos from Nairobi, Kenya. Photos from Nairobi, Kenya. Photos from Nairobi, Kenya.
Photos from N'Djamena. Photos from N'Djamena. From left: Dr. Abebe Haile Gabriel, Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture, AUC; Mr. Desta Mebratu, Deputy Regional Director for Africa, UNEP; H.E. Christopher Chika, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya to Ethiopia; and Dr. Araya Asfaw, Executive Director of the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network.


World Environment Day (WED)
( 5th June 2012 )