Friday, September 20, 2019
Cs prof Wakhungu during talks with European Union Envoys. On CS right is Mrs. Marjaana Sall, Acting Head of EU Delegation and Charge d' Affaires.

Cs prof Wakhungu during talks with European Union Envoys. On CS right is Mrs. Marjaana Sall, Acting Head of EU Delegation and Charge d’ Affaires.

The European Union recognizes Kenya’s efforts to tackle climate change issues and leading the region in reduction of green house gases emission.

The Delegation of the European Union to Kenya expressed confidence that the country’s leading role will influence other nations in achieving a new binding global deal on climate change during the forthcoming conference of parties (COP 21) conference to be held in Paris in December.

The European Union Heads of Missions speaking during a courtesy call to Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu noted that Kenya had a strong voice in urging other countries to act now in cutting emissions ahead of the Paris conference.

The diplomats observed that climate change is already having an impact on Kenyans, their way of life and the economy adding that the country’s progress in legislating climate change laws and policies were commendable.

The Acting Head of delegation and Charge d’Affaires Mrs. Marjaana Sall said “the rains are becoming increasingly unpredictable and arid areas are becoming drier while floods in other areas are resulting in destruction and deaths’’

The envoys welcomed the progress made on the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Climate Change Bill which had already passed through parliament and was before Senate in anticipation to pass the critical stage to be enacted into law.

CS Prof Wakhungu in a group photo with European Union Envoys who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss Climate Change matters.

CS Prof Wakhungu in a group photo with European Union Envoys who paid a courtesy call on her to discuss Climate Change matters.

Prof. Wakhungu reassured the diplomats that Kenya was committed to legislating climate change laws and had involved diverse stakeholders in formulating laws that will help the country invest and grow low carbon and climate-resilient economy.DSC_7943

She noted that Kenya was among the few African countries to initiate such laws, adding that she was confident the country would achieve the 70 percent renewable energy target having made impressive progress in Wind, geothermal, hydro and solar energy fields.

The envoys visit was aimed at marking the “European Climate Diplomacy Day” and also served as a forum to discuss preparations ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate (COP 21) in Paris, France in December.

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