Visiting UNEP chief lauds Magufuli on curbing illegal wildlife trade

25Jan 2017
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
Visiting UNEP chief lauds Magufuli on curbing illegal wildlife trade

ACTION to curb proliferation of illegal wildlife commodities’ trade being taken by President John Magufuli’s administration has attracted international praises.

UNEP Executive Director, Erick Solheim (R) and UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania Alvaro Rodriguez (L) addressing the media shortly after the UNEP Head started his two-day official visit to the country yesterday.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Erick Solheim said under President Magufuli’s brief period, a great job to fight illegal wildlife trade, has been accomplished.

“I have been following with keen interest and recommend efforts by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to fight corruption and bring about an end to poaching and the illegal wildlife trade,” Solheim said in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the beginning of his two days official visit.

He pointed out that illegal trade in wildlife commodities such ivory had reached to proportions threatening existence of the African jumbo.

The UNEP chief also supported President Magufuli’s plans to shift from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma saying that it is an opportunity to bring about positive change and development to the whole country.

“In cooperation with partners, UNEP supports cities across the world to address environmental impacts of population increases and integration,” he said.

He added: “This has been the case with programs that the UNEP supports in the country such as poverty and environmental initiatives to addresses imbalances.”

The visit by the UNEP head to Tanzania is his first to the country since he assumed the role of Executive Director for the Nairobi based organization.

The two day visit will also take him to Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
The UNEP head will be meeting with government officials, NGOs, civil society leaders, academicians, research institutions, and the private sector to discuss issues related to ending poverty, fighting inequality and tackle climate change.

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