STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON FOR
THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 27 September 2011
On the death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya
The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has learned with sadness the death of Professor Wangari Maathai in Nairobi, Kenya.
The death of Professor Wangari Maathai, a UN Messenger of Peace with special focus on the Environment and Climate Change, is a great loss, not only to Kenyans but also to the UN family and the millions of people she inspired through her successful campaigns as an advocate for justice, women’s issues and good governance.
President Al-Nasser recalls Professor Maathai’s close work with many entities of the United Nations, including the UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO), which appointed her as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystems in early 2005. The Green Belt Movement she founded as part of her environmental campaign succeeded in planting millions of trees and engaged thousands of women in this effort to address deforestation.
On his own behalf and on behalf of the Member States of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly extends his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Professor Maathai, and to the Government and people of Kenya.
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