Susie Kitchens addresses Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference in Nairobi

Susie Kitchens at Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference
UK Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens addresses the Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

The UK Deputy High Commissioner, Susie Kitchens, joined the Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss the UK’s perspective on ‘Wealth not Waste’ during the 12th Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference 2018, which took place at the University of Nairobi yesterday.

Following an opening ceremony chaired by Professor Midiwo, Royal Society of Chemistry Council member David Rees and the Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathered delegates.

Susie Kitchens at Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference
Susie Kitchens speaking at the Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Discussing the UK’s commitment to tackling plastic pollution, Ms Kitchens reiterated that plastics have been highlighted as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the world today.

“During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting earlier this year, my Prime Minister launched the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance. This unites countries around the Commonwealth to turn the tide on plastic pollution,” she said.

“Through the Clean Oceans Alliance the UK government has committed to boost global research and help improve waste management … bringing a scientific, technical, economic and social perspective to the scourge of marine plastics,” she added.

Among the other speakers at the conference supported by the UK Science and Innovation Network were Dr Avatar Mathuru from University of York who spoke about Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development Goals: Exploiting Unavoidable Food Supply Waste for Re-nutrition.

Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference
Dr Avatar Mathuru from University of York speaking at the Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference. Photo: Twitter/WachuNderitu

The conference runs until tomorrow (8 November).

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