During their last AU summit at the auspices of the New African Union Headquaters Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia all the head’s of states from Africa decided to recognize the life and work of Wangari Muta Maathai, the founder Distinguished Chair of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies.
Among other decisions, the Summit encourages the AU Commission, within the framework of the Make Peace Happen Campaign (MPHC), as well as member States, the private sector, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and other rerated international organizations and foundations, in cooperation with the Green Belt Movement (GBM), to take all the necessary measures to mobilize resources in support of “Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI)” as an African Centre of Excellence, to encourage research on environmental governance and its linkages with peace, human rights and democracy in Africa. This is a great endorcement of the University of Nairobi Initiative to recognize one of its Alumni when it established the Institute.
Above: Wanjira Maathai, Board member WMI planting a tree at the AU headquaters during the 18th AU Summit at Addis Ababa Ethiopia in Memory of Prof Wangari Maathai, founder Distinguished Chair WMI. Looking on the President of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, The Minister for Foreign Affair, Mr Moses Wetangula and the Ag. Director of Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, Prof Kiama Gitahi