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Rwanda-Environment Day

Rwanda Environment was the focus of the United Nations Environment Program World Environment Day 2010, and particularly its animal species and the gorilla.

The ceremony of giving a name to a newborn human baby, commonly known as Kwita Izina, has been a Rwandan tradition for centuries. Three decades ago, the Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks, and the people of Rwanda, decided to extend this ceremony to include the cherished, endangered gorillas of their country in which 1/3 of the total population lives. The names attributed to these animals play a key role in the monitoring program of individuals and groups in the habitat. The naming ceremony, which was launched as a public outreach campaign in 2005, is aimed at ensuring the future of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas and bringing global awareness to the plight of all gorillas and their habitats. We are thrilled to be a part of this important mission.

As Kwita Izina is the highlight of this year’s WED celebration in Rwanda, the Rwandan government has generously shared the privilege of naming two baby gorillas with the global WED community. This will be done in the form of public vote for the Kid’s and People’s Choices, and it begins today! The winning selections will be announced in Rwanda by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Don Cheadle and Climate Hero Luo Hong.

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Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 5 mins

Country: Rwanda


  • Muhamed Sacirbey UNTV-UNEP


  • Susan Sacirbey