There is to be a special session of the governing council of the United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP) to reaffirm the desire of member states to safeguard the environment.
(MUTE) GV Kenyatta conference centre, Nairobi
(MUTE) SV INTERIOR Journalists at news conference
(SOUND) SV Dr. Mustafa Tolba, Executive-Director of UN Environment Programme speaks (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT FOR SHOT THREE:
DOCTOR MUSTAFA TOLBA: "And it was this ground-swell of concern that led to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 1972. A total of 113 governments were able to transcend whatever the political divisions between them and produce a consensus agreement on the fundamental rights and responsibilities of man in relation to the environment. The meeting of high level states' representatives in Nairobi next May will have a crucial bearing on the future for the environment cause, and for UNEP. The conference will have to decide a number of fundamental questions. Is the environment programme to be advanced or retarded? Do we learn from the mistakes of the past, and move forward better prepared and equipped? Or must we accept the fact of economic recession, begin to run the programmes down, and begin to abrogate the responsibilities."
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Background: There is to be a special session of the governing council of the United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP) to reaffirm the desire of member states to safeguard the environment. The announcement came during a news conference given in Nairobi by Doctor Mustafa Tolba, the Director of the programme. Dr. Tolba said that the United Nations' General Assembly had decided to convene the meeting to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the original conference in Stockholm. It was there in 1972 that a charter was adopted denoting the fundamental rights and responsibilities of man in relation to his environment. Dr. Tolba referred first to the public pressure which had preceded the Stockholm conference.