Chinese President Hu Jintao Friday met with the United Nations
Human Settlement Program (UN-HABITAT) Executive Director, Mrs. Anna
Kajumulo Tibaijuka and the United Nations Environment Program
(UNEP) acting Executive Director, Shafqat Kakakhel in Nairobi
during his state visit to Kenya.
Hu said UN-HABITAT had made positive efforts to promote the
building of homes and global sustainable development.
The UNEP had played an important role in pushing for solutions
to global environmental issues, he said, promoting international
cooperation in this area and helping developing countries improve
their environmental protection capabilities.
He said China had always supported international cooperation in
these areas. Efforts would be made to further strengthen exchanges
and cooperation with the two UN programs and support for their work
Tibaijuka said China had much experience of human habitat
development which UN-HABITAT was popularizing in other areas of the
The UN-HABITAT valued China's assistance to the African people
in this regard, she said.
Kakakhel said that UNEP appreciated China's efforts on
environmental protection issues.
He said China has always firmly supported the work of UNEP's and
the cooperation between the two sides has progressed steadily at
bilateral, regional and global levels.
The UNEP expected to deepen cooperation with the Chinese to
jointly meet the challenges, Kakakhel added.
Hu arrived Thursday on a three-day state visit to Kenya as
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's guest.
Kenya is the last leg of Hu's five-nation tour which has already
taken him to the United States, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and
(Xinhua News Agency April 29, 2006)