Former President Mwai Kibaki has been honored as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation [UNESCO] special envoy for water in Africa.
The appointment was made by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, during a ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters. ‘The appointment of Mwai Kibaki acknowledges his efforts to make education an essential tool in the implementation of projects and activities related to water, to promote sustainable management of this resource and support initiatives to facilitate access of the communities’, stated a statement released by the UNESCO.
Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa received the award on behalf of Mr Kibaki in Paris, who could not travel to France due to unavoidable circumstances.
The former president also sponsors the Millennium Water Alliance, a multi-donor funded initiative to promote access to drinking water for communities threatened by lack of water.