New York, USA – President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged fellow world leaders to pursue climate change adaptation and mitigation measures that secure people’s livelihoods and expand economic opportunities.
The President said sustainable climate action is largely about people and their livelihoods adding that no one should be left behind in efforts to combat climate change.
The President who spoke at the Climate Change Summit held on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York said Kenya is fully committed to the fight against climate change.
“Our commitment to tackling climate change is deep and arises out of the need to secure our future and that of our childen as we have been victims of droughts and declining rainfall which have destroyed our lives and livelihoods and which call on an increasing requirement of public resources to address emergencies and disasters,” the President said.
He said Kenya has taken deliberate steps towards meeting its international climate obligations in sectors such as energy, environment and the blue economy.
“In energy we have transitioned our energy sources to renewables to the tune of 90%.
“I recently inaugurated our largest wind power farm on the continent at Lake Turkana and we shall continue to prioritise our energy developments from geothermal and other natural sources,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State said renewable sources have enabled Kenya to expand electricity connectivity from less than 30% in 2013 to 75% over the last 6 years.
In forestry, the President said Kenya aims to plant 2 billion trees to achieve the global threshold of 10% tree cover by 2022.
“This is in addition to the global commitment to restore 5.1 million hactres as our national contribution to the African Forest and Landscape Restoration Initiative,” the President told fellow world leaders.
He said Kenya has partnered with the private sector to expand access to alternative sources of household energy especially for urban poor and rural populations with a target of transitioning 80% of households from biomass sources.
President Kenyatta who spoke on the theme ‘Live, Work and Move Green’ said Kenya will continue championing the ‘Building Climate Resilience for the Urban Poor’ initiative, an intervention developed by Brazil and UNHABITAT.
The multilateral initiative seeks to build climate resilience among 600 million vulnerable people by 2030.