Wednesday, December 12, 2018
CS, Prof. Judy Wakhungu with VC, Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina and Dr. George Kosimbei from KU, listening keenly as a KU student takes them through climate change innovations..JPG

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu has urged venture Capitalists to consider investing in innovations that offer new solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa.

She called on the investors to interrogate innovations in a bid to revitalize the entrepreneurship ecosystem by providing new ventures that will tackle societal challenges like climate change.

Prof. Wakhungu challenged institutions of higher learning including secondary schools, technical and vocational institutions, colleges and universities to support innovations and development of appropriate technologies that promote climate resilient development.

The CS was speaking at Kenyatta University during the inaugural Africa innovation festival that brought together various young entrepreneurs to showcase new solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu signing the visitors book at KU as the VC, Prof. Paul Wainaina looks on..JPG

The innovation festival was anchored on the premise that there existed new solution for climate change mitigation and adaptation that needed support considering Kenya and the region bore the brunt of the changing phenomenon.

Prof. Wakhungu noted that hosting of the innovation festival by Kenyatta University was a bold step in fulfilling Kenya’s commitment on its nationally determined contributions (NDC’s) during the historic Paris Conference on climate change held in 2015.

 The country submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), actions that will help reduce the concentration of green house gases from the atmosphere.

The CS reiterated her Ministry’s commitment to deliver the environment promises as stipulated in Kenya Constitution 2010 adding that the NDC’s will also help achieve the country’s development blueprint Vision 2030.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu planting a commemorative tree at KU as the VC, Prof. Paul Wainaina looks on.DSC_0061

Prof Wakhungu said that the passion, determination and creativity demonstrated in the festival had proved that the country had a deep reservoir of high quality new solutions waiting to be supported.

She noted that the world welcomed new ideas, innovative solutions and visionary leaders who pursued both economic and social value in opportunities for others.

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