Thursday, October 18, 2018
 PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli giving his key note address when he opened CRIC 15 at UNONO, Nairobi.DSC_0158

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli giving his key note address when he opened CRIC 15 at UNONO, Nairobi.DSC_0158

Kenya is actively implementing various programmes and projects to help the Country address the challenges posed by Desertification Land Degradation and Drought to enable her achieve food security, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli during the official opening of the Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Prof. Wakhungu informed the over  1000 delegates, representing countries that are party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), civil societies and partners, that, Kenya in partnership with JICA, Senegal and UNCCD launched an African Initiative for Combating Desertification and Resilience to Climate Change in Sahel and Horn of Africa, and was also implementing a program on promoting growing of drought tolerant tree species such as Melia volkensii to increase the forest cover taking advantage of vast lands available in the drylands, outputs that are important in strengthening the countries efforts to effectively tackle the challenges posed by DLDD and enhance resilience to Climate Change, and called for  support from development partners and relevant organizations in the implementation of those noble initiatives.

The executive secretary of UNCCD, Monique Barbut  giving  her key note address.DSC_0165

The executive secretary of UNCCD, Monique Barbut giving her key note address.DSC_0165

The Conference, that is being hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, aims at combating desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in the countries affected through effective action at all levels supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements in the framework of an integrated approach, in order to help achieve sustainable development.

PS, Environment with UNCCD executive secretary Monique Barbut addressing a media conference at UNON during CRIC 15 session.

PS, Environment with UNCCD executive secretary Monique Barbut addressing a media conference at UNON during CRIC 15 session.

The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) is a subsidiary body of UNCCD which is tasked with tracking the implementation of the conventions by parties. CRIC15 will be a special intercessional session, which will allow Parties, through interactive sessions, to discuss key elements for a new Strategy, findings from the optional reports and future modalities for reporting.

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