Uhuru joins world leaders at Paris climate talks

November 30, 2015 5:55 am
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The plane carrying the President and his delegation touched down at Charles de Gaulle International Airport shortly after 8:00 pm Kenyan time.
The plane carrying the President and his delegation touched down at Charles de Gaulle International Airport shortly after 8:00 pm Kenyan time.

, PARIS, Nov 30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Paris, France to attend the 2015 Climate Change Summit, better known by its acronym COP 21.

The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) and the eleventh session of the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP11) will take place from Monday to December 11.

The Paris summit represents a historic opportunity to put the world on course to meet the climate change challenge.

COP21 seeks to deliver a clear pathway with short and long term milestones, and a system to help world go green.

President Kenyatta will be among some 140 world leaders including US President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi and Russia’s Vladimir Putin attending the summit widely expected to reach the first truly global deal to cut greenhouse gases.

Kenya is among nations which have been in the forefront championing for the reduction of greenhouse gas emission and in July this year it submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Kenya’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) set out a goal to lower Greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions include CO2, fluoridated gases, methane which are emitted by human activity such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, and water vapour by 30 percent by 2030, despite the fact that Kenya contributes a mere 0.1 percent to the total global emissions of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, and aerosols associated with human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilisation, etc. (IPCC).

President Kenyatta jetted into Paris from Malta where he attended the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Both President Kenyatta and His Holiness Pope Francis spoke strongly last week about climate change, urging the world to do all that is possible to protect the environment. The Pope was in Kenya at the start of his historic apostolic voyage to Africa.

The President carried his message to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that ended in Malta on Sunday, where he urged Commonwealth states to support vulnerable states and communities in building their capacities for resilience, scaling up oif financing and technology, to support mitigation and adaptation.

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