Unesco Regional Director for Eastern Africa and representative to Kenya has presented his credentials to Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo.
Professor Hubert Gijzen presented his letter of credence to CS Omamo on Tuesday, September 6, at the Ministry of Foreign Headquarters.
Prof Gijzen arrived in Nairobi as the new Unesco Regional Director on July 1, 2021.
He earned his Ph.D in Environmental Biotechnology in 1987 and holds positions as Professor at the Unesco-IHE Institute for Water Education and at Wageningen University and as a visiting professor for several other institutions.
Gijzen joined Unesco in 2006 as the director of the Unesco Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, based in Jakarta.
He was also the Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste and recently in Zimbabwe.
Kenya has seven sites on the Unesco World Heritage List.
In an earlier meeting with CS Omamo on August 9, Gizjen said these sites, together with biosphere reserves and natural parks could serve as strong a basis for the development of a sustainable tourism strategy for the country and the region.
He reiterated his vision on how Unesco can work with the other UN agencies in Kenya, under the UN Reform and delivery as one for the support of the country.
“For further collaboration and partnership, he mentioned UNESCO is supporting: digitalization of textbooks and other learning resources to be accessed offline and Online; to support Africa ‘build forward better’ UNCTs have developed Socio-economic response plans,” Unesco said in a statement then.
In his first days in Kenya, Gizjen has been meeting different envoys and sector leaders in Kenya among them UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama, Diplomatic Corp head and Eritrea Ambassador Beyene Russom among other diplomats in Kenya.