Delegates from 100 countries began a conference in Kenya on Monday (29 August) to try to find ways of halting the relentless advance of the world's deserts.
GV: Kenyatta conference centre
SV: Kenya vice president Daniel Arap Moi arrives and is greeted by other delegates; walk into building
SCU: Dr. Mostafa Tolba, executive director of UNEP speaking
CU: Arap Moi speaking
DR. TOLBA: "My own country is even now experiencing the worst drought in its history. The United Nations has appropriately taken the lead in examining it. We are committed to help find a solution not just at this conference but as part of our continuing desire to assist others in meeting basic human needs."
ARAP MOI: "In Kenya, and most other developing countries, there are a number of issues we consider as a matter of importance for this conference. The first and foremost is concerned with the development and management of water resources. It is well known that life depends entirely on water. Water is of first importance in a country like Kenya as to (INDISTINCT). Measured against the human livestock and wildlife population, as well as the agriculture, we in Kenya and I'm sure in other countries, cannot consider ourselves as greatly endowed with supplies or resources of water. But in spite of this we find ourselves in trouble because of too much water in certain areas, too much water at a certain period in time, say at a time of flooding."
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Background: Delegates from 100 countries began a conference in Kenya on Monday (29 August) to try to find ways of halting the relentless advance of the world's deserts. They were told that the planet would lose one-third of its agricultural land by the end of the century unless the advance was halted.
SYNOPSIS: The two-week conference being held in Nairobi, was opened by the Kenyan vice-president Daniel Arap Moi. Its aim is to draw up a master plan to curb desert expansion. That will be presented to the United Nations. Egypt's Mostafa Tolba, head of the UN environment programme, was among the speakers.