President Kenyatta urges world leaders to join forces to solve environmental challenges

Earlier today, President Kenyatta joined other world leaders during the official opening of the 4th session of UNEA at Gigiri.

The Head of state noted that the impact of climate change worldwide cannot be overemphasized.  He highlighted this as a reason why all nations should unite towards addressing this challenge that threatens the  livelihood of the people.

According to Kenyatta, the session’s theme, ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Production and Consumption’ is therefore timely since it calls for practical and creative solutions

President Kenyatta urged world leaders and delegates at UNEA4 to develop practical and creative solutions to address environmental challenges.

He said countries must embrace innovation and invest in education to facilitate transition to a knowledgeable society

President Kenyatta told the world leaders and delegates at #UNEA4 to integrate Climate Action and sustainable development in their collective efforts to achieve the objectives under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Head of state also called for urgent action by Governments, communities, businesses and individuals to tackle environmental degradation, food insecurity, poverty and unemployment.

He said Kenya remains committed to UNEP’s functions in tackling these challenges

President Uhuru commended the “Mikoko Pamoja Group” from the coastal region which is involved in conserving, managing and enriching of mangrove forests, as well as the Coastal Community Innovations Group which focusses on sea grasses

“Adopting a waste-to-energy innovation approach that converts waste from industrial activities into energy, is one way to promote a circular economy. The Kenya Cleaner Production Strategy 2000 encourages resource efficiency and cleaner production in manufacturing” he stated

He also reiterated that nations should unite to find ways to reverse unsustainable agricultural practices and promote resource and energy efficiency.

Kenyatta believes that taking this up will improve food security and promote access to nutritious and affordable food, which is one of Kenya’s goals under the Big 4 Agenda

He also assured of Kenya’s committed to strengthening UNEP functions in Nairobi and echoing of  the General Assembly’s call for stable, adequate and increased financing for UNEP.

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