UNEP Supports Protection Of Minority
NAIROBI (AANA) February 10 - The United Nations Environment
(UNEP) has stressed a commitment to protect the interest of
minority groups, saying their wealth on indigenous knowledge could
Addressing UNEP delegates before launching a micro study report on
Castaways - The Ogiek and National Development Processes, New
representative, Mr Adnan Amin, assured Kenya's indigenous peoples
will not forsake them.
Mr Amin launched the report on February 4, at the United Nations
Nairobi during a Civil Society Side Event at the just concluded
Council Meeting of UNEP (February 3-7).
"Conservation of biodiversity is directly related to survival
peoples cultures, that are repositories of rich indigenous
the environment, hence the need to place more emphasis on their
protection," he said.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has promised a comprehensive land
and legal framework that will respect communal land rights.
"There is a serious need to appreciate the importance of the
diversities in Kenya, and to move forward to protect and promote
said Mr Amos Kimunya, the Minister for Lands and Settlement, while
addressing the delegates who attended the launch.
"I am aware of the aboriginal cases and seeing very clearly
with the Ogiek, I can assure you that I am very sympathetic to
concerns," he added, while addressing representatives of the
Kenya's Castaways - The Ogiek and National Development Processes
four-page report that highlights several issues of concern to the
minority group in Kenya.
The report was published by Minority Rights Group International, a
NGO, in partnership with Centre for Minority Rights Development, a
Reported by Henry Neondo