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By Christine Lagat

NAIROBI, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Realization of a green and inclusive development is possible if nations prioritize regulatory and policy reforms, technology adoption and partnerships to achieve that feat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said on Monday.

During a keynote address at a public lecture in Nairobi, Steiner noted that a shift to low carbon development was an imperative since it assured the human race greater prosperity and health.

"Decarbonizing the global economy through prudent legislation, policies and technology adoption is a defining feature of this generation. We need to reinvent our economies to make them greener," Steiner said.

The UNEP chief was a key note speaker at the public lecture organized by UNEP and Kenya's ministry of foreign affairs ahead of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) to be held in Nairobi from May 23-27.

Representatives from UN member states, multilateral agencies, private sector and civil society will attend the biennial event to discuss pressing environmental challenges like climate change, habitat loss and pollution.

Steiner said that nations will discuss new strategies to revitalize the green agenda in line with sustainable development goals (SDGs) during the global environmental assembly.

There is need for governments and corporations to retool their development models and realign them with sustainability agenda.

Steiner reiterated that shared prosperity will be realized if countries embark on sustainable production and consumption patterns.

"There is no denying that affluence or poverty can have a devastating impact on the environment. We need to re-invent our economies to ensure future development is not harmful to nature," said Steiner.

He decried rapid depletion of vital ecosystems such as watersheds, forests and coral reefs due to human actions.

"Brown development is a metaphor for pollution and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources like fresh water and arable land," Steiner remarked adding that business as usual will be calamitous to populations in the Global South.

He added that adoption of Paris climate deal in December last year has inspired governments, corporations and communities to rally behind the green agenda.

"Policy makers, scientists, business and community leaders are now more aware of the benefits of the green economy since the adoption of Paris climate deal," Steiner said.

He noted the global financial markets have gradually divested from fossil fuels having realized their devastating impact on ozone layer and human health.

Kenya will partner with multilateral agencies to inject fresh vitality into the global green agenda.

Cabinet Secretary for foreign affairs and international trade, Amina Mohamed said Kenya supports global instruments that advance green and inclusive growth.

"As the host of the upcoming global environment assembly, we are in a unique position to raise attention to a range of concerns like ocean pollution, food waste and depletion of vital ecosystems," Mohamed said.

CHITWAN Tyrone Hill Jersey , Nepal, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- A group of Chinese photographers on Monday distributed relief materials to the flood victims of Nepal.

A team comprising 19 photographers distributed the relief items at a ceremony organized in Banshi village near the tourist hub Sauraha in Chitwan district, some 165 km away from the capital.

The floods triggered by incessant rainfall across Nepal killed more than 100 people in the second week of August while thousands of families were displaced in over a dozen plain districts including Chitwan.

Sauraha Tristan Thompson Jersey , the third most popular tourism destination in the Himalayan country, was also inundated in floods, resulting in huge damage to local hotel business.

The Chinese group Terrell Brandon Jersey , which is on a one-week trip to Nepal, provided clothes, tents and food items to some 100 locals in cooperation with the Nepali organization Sino-Nepal Media Society.

Through the assistance Shaquille O'Neal Jersey , the group aims to help support the livelihood of flood-affected people and local education.

Sino-Nepal Media Society expressed thanks to the group for their relief assistance. "Their visit has also provided some relief to the hotel entrepreneurs of Chitwan, who recently resumed their operation," an official from the society said.

Locals of Banshi village said this is the first assistance they received after the recent floods.

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RIGA Kyrie Irving Jersey , Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Latvia will buy Stinger portable air defense systems from the Danish armed forces, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis told the Latvian public television on Monday.

Bergmanis did not reveal how many Stingers Latvia will buy or what they will cost. He noted that the price "is not too high" and the number of the missiles is "big enough".

The purchase of Stinger missiles "is very important, as our armed forces are developing" Kyle Korver Jersey , the minister said.

"We'll be able to defend our land much more effectively if such a necessity arises," he said, adding that the air defense systems will be deployed all over the country.

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