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World Students Summit for Sustainability kicks off at UoN

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The summit attracted participants from all over the world

The Taifa Hall was once again the preferred choice of venue for the official opening ceremony of the World Students Summit for Sustainability 2012.

The five-day Summit which has been organized by the World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD) in partnership with the University of Nairobi (UoN) and UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) is the first annual WSCSD summit to be held in Africa. The theme of the summit is “Student's leadership and innovation towards a green economy."

The summit will focus on developing a common understanding of a green economy and how youth energy, action and innovation can be harnessed for an enhanced impact in sustainable development.  The summit topics will focus on energy, waste, water, food and transport. Apart from keynote speeches, poster presentations and group discussions, practical activities will also be incorporated into the summit. Ultimately, it will foster formation of partnerships for collaborative efforts towards a green economy and sustainable development.

According to Nickson Otieno, President, WSCSD, the aim of the summit is to build the students’ understanding and enhance their actions towards achieving a green economy and to enhance understanding of the green economy concept and increase action towards green entrepreneurship by providing a platform for student-student and student-professional interactions.

The students will also get an opportunity to share and document their sustainability initiatives in their various countries while laying a foundation for a green economy. A special workshop on green entrepreneurship will be held on the last day of the summit.

Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Deputy Vice Chancellor- Academic Affairs congratulated the students for dedicating their time and energy on looking for solutions directed towards environmental sustainability.

The summit was officially opened by Minister for Lands, Hon. James Orengo on behalf of the Prime Minister of Kenya.  Hon. Amb. Chirau Ali Makwere, Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor- Student Affairs and Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP are among those who were present.