Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kenya’s Richard Mwendandu,(L) handing over the chairmanship of African group to Mr. Jean Ilunga Muneng, from DRC at Ordos, China

Kenya, who has been the chair of the African region group to the  Thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13), has called on  African countries to strive to safeguard their unity.

Speaking when he handed over the chairmanship of the African region group to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mr. Jean Ilunga Muneng in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China,  Mr. Richard Mwendandu, the out-going chair of the African group of negotiators, noted that, for the two year’s he has been at the helm of the regional group, a lot had been achieved, observing that, 47 African countries are already in the process of finalizing their LDN Targets while 30 have so far endorsed their targets.

Mr. Mwendandu, who is also the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the State Department of Environment, cited the Africa dry land week that was co-hosted by Namibia and the African Union Commission, the CRIC, and the African Region Preparatory meeting to COP 13, both held in Nairobi, as some of the other success stories.

Congratulating the in-coming chair, Mr. Mwendandu cited some of the key issues ahead, including moving the LDN targets to actions on the ground through transformative projects, resource mobilization initiatives and sharing experiences; following up on the drought issues, especially after the COP 13 decisions; ensuring that countries are well supported to build capacities to enhance reporting in the region and the hosting of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN).

Mr. Mwendandu, the out-going chair of the African group briefing the in-coming chair, Mr. Ilunga Muneng, from the DRC

 

 

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