Implementation of sustainable development goals and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts require an integrated approach at local, national and international levels to succeed.
Synergies exist between the SDGs and the Paris Climate Change Agreement that recognizes that climate change is a reality that cuts across sectors and presents a threat to attaining sustainable development.
Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said this when she addressed participants of the international Triple Helix Summit at the University of Nairobi. The Summit is the first of its kind on SDGs in Africa and it seeks to develop a roadmap for implementation, monitoring and evaluation for achieving SDGs.
Kenya is at the forefront of international efforts to address climate change and its related SDGs and the Ministry has developed robust policy and legislative frameworks, which will contribute towards the implementation of the SDGs and Paris Agreement, said Prof. Wakhungu.
She said development of these policies involved multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral engagement at both national and county government levels. The policy and legislative frameworks include Environment Management and Coordination Act, Climate Change Framework Policy, Climate Change Act, National Climate Change Action Plan, National Adaptation Plan, and the Green Economy Strategy.
Other efforts towards this course include Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC’s) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which builds on the strong foundation laid through these policies. Kenya’s NDC’s is also aligned with the national development agenda and Vision 2030.
Prof. Wakhungu informed participants that a Climate Change Resource Centre has been opened at Dagoreti to act as a one stop shop for Climate Change Information and Knowledge Management. This is one way of supporting advocacy, awareness, education and research at all levels to catalyze the implementation of these policy initiatives that will contribute to reduce adverse environmental impacts of our cities and towns.
The Implementation of SDGs and The Paris Agreement will require re-orientation of national investments and international partnerships as well as support in finance, technology development and transfer, and capacity building. For example, developed countries are obliged by the Paris Agreement to mobilize financial resources of USD100 billion by year by 2020 to assist developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaptation.
The theme of the summit was “Accelerating the attainment of SDGs through ICT + Data”. The summit provided a platform to engage and share experiences among government, private sector, academia, and civil society on efforts towards achieving Sustainable Development as well as Kenya’s Vision 2030.
The Summit proposed the use of a “Quadra Helix” approach that takes into consideration the role of the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and Academia in exploring the use of ICT and Data in accelerating the attainment of SDGs.