President Uhuru Kenyatta has underscored the necessity for pressing measures to guard and handle oceans in a sustainable means for current and future generations.
The President emphasised that the conservation of oceans, seas and marine sources can not be unnoticed of the broader atmosphere and local weather change agenda.
“After we began this dialog that oceans wanted to be a part of our agenda or mainstreaming oceans within the general atmosphere and local weather agenda, we did so as a result of oceans are a really vital a part of the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the globe,” President Kenyatta mentioned.
Talking on Friday throughout a high-level aspect occasion dubbed ‘Highway to Lisbon’ held on the margins of the Stockholm+50 worldwide assembly, the President mentioned Kenya is eager to take the lead and be a part of the worldwide motion on conservation and sustainable use of the oceans.
The ‘Highway to Lisbon’ aspect occasion, moderated by International Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau, was a part of the build-up engagements to mobilize participation and improve consciousness to construct momentum in direction of the 2nd UN Oceans Convention that Kenya and Portugal will co-host in Lisbon later this month.
President Kenyatta inspired delegates on the Stockholm+50 assembly to associate with Kenya and Portugal as they co-host the oceans convention.
“For us, we see Stockholm+50 the place we’re as we speak and we see Portugal the place we will be in a couple of weeks time as principally a street that’s resulting in Egypt (the place the 2022 United Nations Local weather Change Convention will likely be held) in a couple of months.
“We see an Egypt that won’t be a talk-show however hopefully an Egypt the place all of us can stand firmly collectively and demand that these with ears and eyes however refuse to see should hear. We should have motion if we need to guard our future,” President Kenyatta mentioned.
Talking on the assembly, United Nations Atmosphere Programme (UNEP) Govt Director Inger Andersen mentioned the triple planetary disaster of local weather change, air pollution and biodiversity loss has plunged oceans into deep bother that requires humanity to affix arms and urgently tackle.
On his half, Portugal Minister for Atmosphere and Local weather Motion Duarte Cordeiro mentioned the 2nd UN Oceans Convention will, amongst different issues, be a crosscutting common discussion board to construct a bond and create synergies to scale up motion and help bold oceans-based options.
Swedish Minister for Worldwide Growth Cooperation Matilda Ernkrans mentioned managing oceans in a sustainable, agency and inclusive means will likely be a significant step to reaching the 2030 agenda.
“The ocean is an ally within the battle in opposition to local weather change. It hosts the options to poverty, meals safety and gender equality. And there may be hope. Final yr at COP26, we succeeded in integrating ocean-based motion into the settlement,” Ms Ernkrans mentioned.
Atmosphere Cupboard Secretary Keriako Tobiko, Deputy Chief of Workers accountable for Coverage and Technique Dr. Ruth Kagia, Principal Secretaries Nancy Kagirithu (Transport and Maritime) and Charles Sunkuli (Youth Affairs) additionally attended the assembly.
Later, President Kenyatta met members of the Kenya chapter of the Stockholm+50 Youth Process Pressure the place he challenged them to take the lead in environmental conservation and curbing the challenges of local weather change.
“My problem to the youth is that they don’t have to attend for tomorrow. The youth are leaders of as we speak and we wish to guarantee their voice is heard as a result of the choices we’re making as we speak will have an effect on their future,” President Kenyatta mentioned.
The President mentioned vital insurance policies and programmes should be applied now to reverse the results of local weather change, oceans in addition to make sure the encroaching desertification that’s threatening the nation is stopped.
Through the assembly, the youth offered to the President a coverage paper relating to their stand on the last decade of eco-system restoration, Covid-19 restoration and the achievement of Sustainable Growth Aim 16.
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