Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Kenya has welcomed the coming into force of the Paris Agreement that will provide the much-needed impetus to address climate change for a safer future.

Speaking in Marrakech, Morocco, when he addressed the high-level segment of the twenty second Conference on Climate Change (COP 22) , President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu, among other dignitaries, said his Cabinet had already approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement and now awaits the final ratification from Parliament.

Noting the agreement’s linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, the President noted that, the agreement was the beginning of renewed transparent enhanced global ambitious action and support, that will  address the challenge of climate change in the short and long terms, and emphasized the need to synchronize the implementation processes of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Amina Mohammed of Foreign Affairs, Ireland former President, Mary Robinson and CS, Water, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa during COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. (pix. courtesy)

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with CS, Amina Mohammed of Foreign Affairs, Ireland former President, Mary Robinson and CS, Water, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa during COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. (pix. courtesy)

The Head of State added that, the World should aim to ensure achievement of the long-term global goal of stabilizing the global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial levels, which gives hope to the most vulnerable countries and communities.

Noting that Climate change continues to adversely impact Kenya’s socio-economic sectors, President Kenyatta said the country has made its contribution to combating environmental challenges. “Kenya submitted an ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, within the context of the pre-2020 ambition and the Paris Agreement, even though our contribution is a mere 0.1% of the total global emission,” the President said.

The President informed the conference that, Kenya now has a Climate Change Act and a National Adaptation Plan (NAP), that were developed through multi-stakeholder engagement and contribute to the national implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The two build on the foundation laid down by the National Climate Change Action Plan (2013-2017), through a comprehensive and inclusive process. “The Act strengthens climate change governance, institutional arrangements, and mainstreaming of climate change into sectoral planning, budgeting and implementation at all levels of government,” the President said.

To build resilience and enhance adaptive capacities to the impacts of climate change, President Kenyatta said Kenya’s national adaptation plan contains sector strategic adaptation actions for each planning sectors taking into account that all sectors are vulnerable to climate change.

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu with President Kenyatta and CS Aminia Mohammed during the High Level Segment conference in Marrakech, Morocco

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