Kenya is a rapidly developing country with a well-developed tourist industry. Each year, about one million tourists flock to its spectacular national parks and beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean. English is the official national language and is spoken throughout the country along with Swahili.
The Institute is held during the Kenyan cool season, when daytime temperatures in Nairobi range in the 60s and 70s during the day. Nairobi is 5500 feet high. Sweaters and warm clothing are essential there in the evenings. Mombasa, on the other hand, and points on the Indian Ocean coast, is quite warm averaging about 85 degrees during June and July.
Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, international third world city resting on a high plateau. The city has many excellent, inexpensive restaurants with a wide choice of cuisines from Italian (Mamma Ruffos Trattoria) to Indian (Minar) to Ethiopian (Addis Abba) to French (Alan Bobbies Bistro), to Chinese (Tin Tin, Bangkok) to Japanese (Akasaka) to meat (Carnivore or Angus) to Seafood (Stavrose) to Salads and Fast Food (Food Court in the Sarit Center).
Over the last several decades, Nairobi has become a major center for international institutions, with the world headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
and the United Nations Center for Human Settlements (Habitat)
located in the United Nations Complex on the outskirts of the city.
Nairobi is also the regional headquarters for the World Bank
, the U.N. Development Programme
, and many international nongovernmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund
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