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The Annual Devolution Conference officially kicks off in Makueni

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The Annual Devolution Conference officially kicks off in Makueni

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday presided over the official opening of the 7th edition of the Annual Devolution Conference hosted in Makueni County, with a clarion call for intergovernmental (National and County governments) cooperation for climate action.

The 7th Annual Devolution Conference will focus on Climate Action, in particular, the impact and role of sub-national Governments in Climate Action.

Addressing the conference virtually from South Africa, Kenyatta said that Kenya will continue with its efforts to reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

He noted that climate change impacts have led to a loss of about three percent of the Gross Domestic Product annually and appealed for adaptation measures that will emphasize the role of Kenya as the leading champion of climate change in Africa.

The conversation on climate change in Makueni comes barely a month after world leaders converged in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 26th summit on Climate Change that saw Kenya join the Adaptation Action Coalition and the UN Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience.

The president added that his administration will continue to accelerate action to moderate the negative impacts of climate change, facilitate adjustment to expected climate impacts and strengthen capacity to absorb and recover from climate change effects.

“This effort reflects Kenya’s resolve and desire to play its part in the international community to address climate change,” he said.

This year’s devolution conference seeks to enable County Governments to demonstrate bold climate leadership and provide a platform for the government and private sector to commit to climate action strategies to be undertaken for the next year, among other objectives.

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