Worth a Read: Text of the handover speech with important comments by Achim Steiner
United Nations Environment Program (
4 August 2011
A statement delivered by Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, director of the Division for Environmental Policy Implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme, at the formal handover of the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland at State House, Abuja:
On behalf of my colleagues at the United Nations family, including the Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner it is an honor and a privilege for me to be part of this important event and to make the formal presentation of the results of UNEP's Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland to Your Excellency at this august gathering.
I would like to take this opportunity to convey our appreciation to Your Excellency, Mr President for not only your leadership but also for the significant recognition your efforts have received in initiating peaceful and sustainable solutions in Ogoniland.