Tuesday, August 21, 2018
CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with the US Amb. Rober Codec in her NHIF office during the courtesy call

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu holding talks with the US Amb. Rober Codec in her NHIF office during the courtesy call

The United States of America has singled out Kenya as a leading Environmental champion in Africa for its exemplary efforts to combat the effects of climate change.

The United States Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Robert Godec confirmed that his government will continue collaborating with Kenya in matters of Environment and Natural resources conservation to improve standards of living of the citizens.

Mr. Godec made the remarks during a courtesy call on the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu where he presented her a letter of commendation from the US Special Envoy for Climate change Dr. Jonathan Pershing.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environmen t, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the CS, Prof. Wakhungu briefs the US envoy, Robert Codec.

Principal Secretary, State Department of Environmen t, Mr. Charles Sunkuli listening keenly as the CS, Prof. Wakhungu briefs the US envoy, Robert Codec.

The Ambassador said that the US recognized Prof. Wakhungu’s leadership role in making Kenya a leader in matters Environment and singled out the country’s Nationally Determined Goals to adapt to climate change as outstanding.

Kenya has led African countries to implement climate change actions in areas of afforestation, low carbon emission, wind, geothermal energy among other sectors such as transport, water, construction. This follows the landmark climate change conference held in France in December 2015.

Kenya is among the very few African countries that have put in place climate change legislation alongside an adaptation plan that provides a vision for low carbon and climate resilient development pathway.

Prof. Wakhungu said that Kenya’s success in areas of climate change resilience development was through collaboration with the United States adding that as a leader in Africa the country would soon have a climate change council that would soon be announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

PS, Environment briefing the US envoy, Robert Codec on environmental issues as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listens keenly.

PS, Environment briefing the US envoy, Robert Codec on environmental issues as the CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu listens keenly.

The CS who was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Environment Mr.> Charles Sunkuli noted that Kenya had made significant steps in solid waste management that had been devolved to the counties.

“We have launched a rapid results initiative, closed several dumpsites and enforced environment management rules” she added.

The CS however observed that counties were facing serious capacity challenges in managing solid waste that was a growing problem adding that  her Ministry would provide leadership to control the menace.

Prof. Wakhungu disclosed that research findings indicated that 46% of diseases in Kenya were water borne and as a result of environment pollution.

During the meeting the two discussed matters of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to be held in South Africa.

 

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