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Tobiko Calls on Developed Countries to Support Climate Change Programmes

The Ministry ofEnvironment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called upon developed countries to support the ongoing programmes on climate change programmes in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Tobiko said there is need for the developed countries to show their commitment as well as provide mechanisms for adaptation because they contribute at least 80 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions.

The CS was speaking at the ongoing Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) High-Level meetings in Rotterdam, in Netherlands, where he was accompanied by the Kenyan delegation.

The CGA’s High level dialogue meeting is aimed at exploring how the youth, academia and the most vulnerable communities can collaborate and spur bolder action on adaptation in response to the global climate emergency and consider concrete activities that can be taken in advance of and following the 2021 UN Climate Conference at Glasgow, COP26.

In a press statement to newsrooms, Tobiko decried lack of commitment from the developed countries, yet they were the largest polluters, and urged them to support vulnerable countries that are suffering the consequences of the vagaries of climate change.

The CS who also held a discussion the with Youth at the high level meeting on “Accelerating Adaptation in a Climate Emergency” at the University of Groningen, encouraged the youth to seize opportunities and use their large numbers, digital platforms and power to help reverse the effects of environmental pollution.

“The current destruction of the natural environment will affect future generations, we have to act to avoid the effects of environmental pollution,” said the CS.

He at the same time lauded the GCA, African Development Bank and African Union’s Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program who are mobilizing US$25 billion to drive transformational adaptation actions on the African continent and propelling locally-led adaptation efforts.

“We are grateful that these players are promoting bold and innovative partnerships for action to support the most vulnerable communities,” he lauded.

In his remarks, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Co-Chair of the Global Center on Adaptation, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, called for bold solutions to tackle the crisis presented by climate change and in particular to support the youth curb climate change.

Citing former Nobel Laurette Wangari Maathai, he said, “Nature is very generous, but very unforgiving when disturbed.”

A communique issued at the meeting confirmed that the planet is warming faster than previously thought.  It is now on track to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels by the 2030s. 

It also stated that the next decade will see the Earth further heat up by approximately half of all the 1.1 degrees Celsius of global warming experienced throughout the entire period spanning the advent of the industrial era in the nineteenth century until to date.

Present at the meeting were former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Vera Songwe Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia Rola Dashti, and the former Real Madrid soccer player Arjen Robben, Youth representatives of the University of Groningen among others.

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