Kenya called for the complete ban on ivory trade at the United Nations Environment (UNEA2) Assembly, on Tuesday. The assembly opened at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Monday.
At the Tuesday’s UNEA2 session which was focused on ending illegal trade in wildlife, Judi Wakhungu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, submitted two government proposals – one on a total ban on ivory trade and another on natural capital.
Speaking to the media on the side-lines of UNEA2, Ms Wakhunga said: “We have been working on the total ban of illegal trade on wildlife products for the last two years and the UNEA II is set to send a strong message to the world that as a country, we are serious because our iconic species are endangered.”
To drive her point home, Wakhungu said “Climate change is a big issue now. The UNEA II assembly is set to send a strong message that all countries must come together and provide solutions… We must address the nexus between the environment and human health.”
Taking steps toward this, earlier on in April 2016, Kenya burned more than 100 tonnes of ivory and rhino horn.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a total ban on the ivory trade to protect the future of African elephants.