Kenya Emerges as a Leader in Managing Plastic Pollution

Last year, Kenya banned plastic bottles, cups and cutlery in its national parks, which followed after a country-wide ban on plastic bags in 2017. At the virtual convening of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly, Juliette Biao, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Director for Africa, says, “Kenya has invested heavily in both policies and law enforcement to win the fight against plastic pollution. The result of this investment is today boosting Kenya’s environmental stewardship in…

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$10tr opportunities for private sector to drive SDGs

Kenya requires more than $40 billion in private sector investment to achieve three emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the next decade. In a global study dubbed Opportunity 2030 conducted by Standard Chartered Bank last year, there is an almost $10 trillion opportunity for private-sector investors across all emerging markets to help achieve the UN’s infrastructure-focused goals between now and 2030. The study examines the most impactful opportunities for investing in three infrastructure-focused SDGs in five high-growth markets in…

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Revealed: Danger and squalor for cleaners who remove human waste

Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day next Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned. “Workers often come into direct contact with human waste, working with no equipment or protection to remove it by hand, which expose them to a long list of health hazards and diseases”, WHO said…

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