Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 4:25 AM

CYNESA SUMMIT 2014 kicked off on 16th June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit has brought together twenty participants from six countries, Kenya (host), Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. In the two years of CYNESA existence, this has been the first time that CYNESA members from different countries have gathered together. The aim of the summit is to provide a platform for discussion in order to address the problems faced by African Youth and to deliver recommendations, inspired by and drawing from Catholic social teaching, for sustainable development on the continent. The opening ceremony was graced by his Lordship Rt. Rev James Maria Wainaina.

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In his opening remarks, Bishop Wainaina recognized the work being done by CYNESA members. "The past has not been long but I believe that CYNESA has a great future...Just because you have faith is a very important strength you have being an organisation of this has been said by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict and the Current (Pope Francis) on environment....The Second strength is that you are youthful...and are open to other faiths...I believe that one of the things we need to do is to come up with also spend quite some time coming up with policies as you grow, but have a focus; environmental education have become very fast..focus on a need...but have openness on other concerns" Rt. Rev James Maria Wainaina.

Rt. Rev James Maria Wainaina Watering a tree he had just planted during the Opening Ceremony

The opening of the Summit marked the officail launch of CYNESA and a start of a great journey a head.

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