Traffic disruptions in Nairobi as 4,700 dignitaries land for UN summit


Traffic disruptions in Nairobi as 4,700 dignitaries land for UN summit

In Summary

  • The UN Environment Assembly as well as the 3rd One Planet Summit all run from 11-15 March.
  • The roads most affected include; Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Limuru Road.
  • Described by the UN as "the biggest gathering in the Assembly’s short history," the meet will see the delegates figure out new policies, technologies and innovative solutions to combat global warming.

Nairobi residents will have to contend with traffic disruptions as a global United Nations (UN) summit takes place and is expected to be graced by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta from Kenya and France’s Emmanuel Macron.

Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives are expected in Nairobi for the fourth UN Environment Assembly as well as the 3rd One Planet Summit all scheduled for 11-15 March.

The National Police Service (NPS) on Wednesday issued an alert to road users informing them of plans to close off some of the busiest roads in the city “to accommodate Head of states and governments” attending the global meet.

The roads most affected include; Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Limuru Road.

“We wish to inform the public that owing to the presence of several Heads of State and Governments visiting the country to attend the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) as well as the 3rd One Planet Assembly at UN Complex in Gigiri from 13th to 15th March 2019,” read a statement from NPS.

“Traffic arrangements have been made that could impact on normal traffic flow in the city. The roads likely to be affected on the days stated include; Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway and Limuru Road. We therefore request motorists to obey directions given by Traffic Police in order to allow our esteemed visitors safe passage to and from various locations in the city.”

Described by the UN as “the biggest gathering in the Assembly’s short history,” the meet will see the delegates figure out new policies, technologies and innovative solutions to combat global warming.

Bold decisions and outcomes are expected as the delegates negotiate late into the night over five days. Resolutions are on the table to push harder for sustainable consumption and production patterns, commit to the protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution, reduce food waste, and advance technological innovation that combats climate change, and reduces resource use and biodiversity loss,” reads a statement from the UN.

 

 

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