Furthering EPA’s International Priorities
Administrator Jackson and EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs Michelle DePass traveled to Africa today for meetings with key African counterparts and other environmental leaders. For the next several days, the two will participate in bilateral engagements in Kenya and Ethiopia and lead the U.S. delegation to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council and Global Ministerial Forum, highlighting important issues in children’s environmental health, good environmental governance and emerging green technology and innovations.
This morning, Assistant Administrator Michelle DePass participated in an embassy country team briefing with Deputy Chief of Mission to Kenya Lee Brudvig and others at the U.S. Embassy. Next, DePass traveled to the UN Petrol station with UN Environment Programme director Achim Steiner, and participated in a press conference with Kenyan Environmental and Energy ministers highlighting Kenya’s switch to lower sulfur fuels through the support of the Partnership on Clean Fuels and Vehicles. She concluded the day by participating in a roundtable discussion with the Kenya chapter of the East Africa Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement. EANECE is a regional network that currently works in five countries in East Africa to build capacity for environmental governance, improve coordination among agencies, ensure collaboration among the countries on priority environmental issues, and share lessons learned.