Uhuru’s message to the world in Glasgow
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday addressed world leaders in Glasgow at the ongoing United Nations Climate Conference, with a clear message to urgently implement mitigation and adaptation measures to avert the looming climate crisis.
“It is the least we can do to bequeath a peaceful and sustainable planet to future generations,” the President said.
The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the 26th meeting of member countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty agreed in 1994, hence COP26.
In his address, President Uhuru Kenyatta underscored the existential threat climate change poses to Kenya and other countries in the African Continent.
“In Kenya, extreme weather events including floods and droughts, lead to losses of 3 – 5% of our GDP annually”, the Head of State remarked.
Climate Change Action Plan
Despite the threat, “Kenya has developed a robust Climate Change Action Plan to scale up efforts to maintain a low carbon development trajectory,” Uhuru told the summit.
The plan includes a commitment to restore degraded water towers, accelerate forest restoration and increase tree cover to at least 10 percent of Kenya’s land area. Kenya shall also promote a sustainable blue economy and green manufacturing.
Kenyatta further enumerated that close to 90 percent of the electricity used in Kenya is from renewable energy sources, which cements the place of Kenya as a pacesetter in the energy sector.
“We plan to achieve 100% renewable energy use by 2030”, Uhuru added.
To help parties who are more vulnerable to the climate crisis, Uhuru emphasized the need for increased financial support.
The COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference is hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy and will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021.