Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed the country’s commitment to implementing global climate change adaptation initiatives.
At the same time, the President called for concerted global efforts in addressing climate change saying, like COVID-19, the challenge is a reality that the world must confront urgently.
“Kenya commits to implement the adaptation action agenda; but we can only succeed if we all, as a global community, collaborate in this noble endeavour,” the President said.
Kenyatta spoke during a virtual high-level session of the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands hosted the meeting which included several world leaders among them Prime Ministers Boris Johnson (UK), Narendra Modi (India), Evelyn Wever-Croes (Aruba) as well as United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.
The Kenyan leader emphasized that by pulling together, the world will emerge stronger and more resilient from the dangers posed by climate change.
“Indeed, we can expect to reap the triple dividends of reducing emissions, spurring economic growth and delivering social and environmental benefits,” President Kenyatta said as he implored world leaders to rally behind efforts to upscale climate adaptation efforts.
Kenyatta noted that agriculture remains a top priority in Africa’s climate change adaptation agenda saying a large percentage of the continent’s population rely on the sector for its survival.
President Kenyatta told the summit that Kenya has upscaled its climate change adaptation efforts by mainstreaming the subject into its national development strategies.
As a measure to safeguard communities from the harmful impacts of a changing climate, the world leaders who spoke during the summit were unanimous in their call for acceleration of climate adaptation efforts.