Thursday, December 3, 2020
Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko during the virtual meeting

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko during the virtual meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has divulged that Kenya is currently working on self-assessment as it prepares to submit revised National Determined Contributions {NDCs}.

“We are committed to submit our revised NDCs in due date which will revise integral indivisible issues to include adaptation and resilience components”, CS Tobiko said.

The CS was speaking today in a virtual meeting with Rt. Hon Alok Sharma, COP 26 President Designate.

On indication of the direction Kenya is taking, the CS said, “I don’t want to speculate on the substance of the outcomes of a process that is consultative and brings together a Multi stakeholders and sectoral players”.

The CS however, decried lack of resources and capacity and called on developed countries who are the major polluters to deliver on their promises even as developing countries do their part.

The anniversary of the historic deal {Paris Agreement} on 12 December is the last spotlight opportunity for countries to submit their updated plans ahead of a UN deadline at the end of the year.

On 24th September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at UNGA that the UK (as COP26 President Designate) and the UN Secretary General will host a virtual leader-level Ambition Summit on 12 December.

This will mark the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will also be in partnership with Chile (as COP25 Presidents), Italy (COP26 partners) and France (Architects of the Paris Agreement).

COP 26 President Designate Rt Hon Alok Sharma

COP 26 President Designate Rt Hon Alok Sharma

By co-convening the event with UN SG and with the involvement of UNFCCC, the UK hopes to avail a platform where countries can come forward with ambitious new commitments.

This will help spur further ambition in 2021 and create the right political conditions for success at COP26 itself, including progress towards enabling a zero emission and resilient global economy.

Submission of an ambitious NDC at the Summit, will enable Kenya to maintain her credibility and voice, as a strong climate leader and negotiator. It will also present opportunities for investments and implementation support and allow Kenya to showcase her green credentials on global stage.

 

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