United Nations Office at Nairobi

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The United Nations Office in Nairobi is one of the four major UN office sites where several different UN agencies have a joint presence.

The complex of buildings is located next to the Karura Forest and across the street (United Nations Avenue) from the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

In November 2004, the United Nations Security Council held a rare session at Nairobi to discuss the situations in southern and western Sudan.[1] The meeting was convened at the urging of then-Ambassador John Danforth of the United States.[2]

The UN Complex at Gigiri contains a 'green' building, a completely energy and carbon-neutral building, housing UNEP and UN-Habitat offices.[3][4] The building is the first of its kind in Africa, recycling water and using natural light to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. In addition, the building is designed to use natural flow of air as a substitute to air conditioning, and it contains solar panels to generate all the energy that the building would consume.[5] It was opened on 31 March 2011 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Kenya's former president Mwai Kibaki.

UNON also hosts the annual East Africa Model United Nations Conference for secondary school and University students from East Africa.

Burned Trees, a series of sculptures designed by Monegasque artist Philippe Pastor aimed at drawing attention to forest conflagrations, have been exhibited permanental at the office since 2006.[6]

Constituent agencies

Headquartered at Nairobi:

Presence at Nairobi:

See also


  1. "Security Council Nairobi Meeting Welcomes End of Year Peace Pledge By Parties To Sudan Conflict". Un.org.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. [1][dead link]
  3. "New UN office in Nairobi is a showcase for sustainability". Greening the Blue.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. www.standardmedia.co.ke (1 April 2011). "Standard Digital News : : Business – New benchmark as UN opens green building in Nairobi". Standardmedia.co.ke.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Recio, Eugenia (7 March 2011). "UNEP Showcases New Green Buildings in Nairobi – Climate Change Policy & Practice". Climate-l.iisd.org.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. United Nations Environment Programme: Philippe Pastor

UN Gigiri Complex Map http://www.enj.co.ke/un_gigiri_complex

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