Monday, December 6, 2021
CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency  Virtual Meeting

CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Virtual Meeting

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko has said that movement towards the Circular Economy is critical and is one of the tools to use in the fight against climate change.

The CS said while addressing world leaders in the first high-level online meeting of the Global Alliance on the Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE).
The Forum which was launched by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in February this year was hosted jointly by the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) and the government of Canada.
The aim of GACERE is to highlight the role that the circular economy could play in tackling climate change and in promoting the efficient use of resources as nations seek to industrialize.
In his remarks, CS Tobiko outlined Kenya’s actions in promoting the circular economy in the context of the ‘green recovery’.
The CS outlined that the ban on single use plastics, the developed  sustainable Waste Management Policy and Legislation, developed regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility, Plastic and Chemical Management and E – waste; as some of the initiates aimed at achieving a circular economy and environmental sustainability.
CS Tobiko said  the massive nationwide two billion tree planting initiative, besides restoring large areas of degraded forests, and the finalizing of Kenya’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Strategy (2050), will enhance the scope of the circular economy interventions.
CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency  Virtual Meeting

CS Tobiko During the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Virtual Meeting

The head of the African Development Bank (ADB) Mr. Al Hamdou Dorsuma, said that even if Africa’s carbon footprints are low as compared to other nations, Africa had practiced sustainable agriculture for long and that his bank was a strong supporter of circularity by providing finances to innovations.

Ms. Inger Anderson, the Executive Director (UNEP), urged GACERE to be more vocal in bringing ‘circularity’ to the world’s center-stage.
Other keynote speakers who addressed the meeting were, Mr. Li Yong, the Director – General, (UNIDO) and Mr. Virginijus Sinkevicius, the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries (EU), Mr. Al-Hamdou Dorsouma, Ag. Director for Climate Change & Green Growth, African Development Bank.
Also, Ministers of Environment from countries like Rwanda, Peru, Morocco, India, Korea and Japan who presented on their countries.
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