Kenya calls on global community to hasten actions against climate change

Kenya's Environment Minister Tobiko meets with the UN designate Executive Director Inger Andersen

Kenya on Saturday urged the global community to embark on concerted efforts in the fight against climate change.

Kenya’s Environment Minister Keriako Tobiko speaking at the COP 24 summit in Poland

Keriako Tobiko, cabinet secretary in the ministry of environment and forest, said that the challenges posed by climate change are real, calling for interventions from local, national, regional and global to be won.

“There is need for country-driven support to accelerate the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate and clean energy technologies,” Tobiko said during the opening of the second global session of the UN science policy business forum on the environment in Nairobi.

Addressing the event in the lead up to the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi from March 11 to 15, Tobiko noted that the partnership between science, policy and business is needed to inform decision making, and investment choices.

He said that in addition to ratification of the Paris Agreement, Kenya has enacted the Climate Change Act and a National Climate Change Policy both in 2016.

“These two policy-level actions have focused Kenya’s goal to achieve a low-carbon climate resilient development, that prioritizes adaptation actions while implementing mitigation,” he added.

Some 2,000 delegates including environment ministers, industry executives, scholars and campaigners are expected to attend the five-day summit and adopt resolutions that will revitalize the global green agenda.

Tobiko revealed that Kenya has finalized the National Climate Change Action Plan for the 2018-2023 period which has details on how the country plans to catalyze innovation in responding to climate change.