Kenya committed to fighting environmental crisis

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Kenya has taken progressive steps in fighting the triple planetary crises of pollution, loss of biodiversity, and climate change to ensure environmental sustainability and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has said that UNEA 5.2 outcomes should be aligned with the latest science as contained in the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent a planetary catastrophe.

“UNEA 5.2 resolutions must be bold, time-bound and ambitious to deliver on the current environmental challenges and build back better”, he said.

He said UNEP has played a vital role in the creation of institutions, putting in place agreements that are addressing global environmental challenges while propelling international action.

The CS made the remarks on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in a national statement read on his behalf by Environment PS Dr Chris Kiptoo during the opening session of the resumed UNEA 5.2.

CS Tobiko said the successfully convening the resumed UNEA 5.2 session is a great opportunity to celebrate UNEP 50th Anniversary and the Swedish Government on the planned Commemoration of Stockholm+50.

He said climate change is a threat multiplier that challenges efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals, and the UN Decade for ecosystem restoration.

He said Kenya continues to advance and improve policy, statutory, institutional, and regulatory frameworks to embrace the latest, most efficient, and sustainable practices and jurisprudence.

This is notable in the current Waste Management Bill and Environmental Management and Coordination Act 1999 (Revised 2015).

CS Tobiko said Kenya has been at the forefront globally, having banned the production, selling, and use of single-use plastics, and the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Marine Litter and Plastic cover the whole life cycle of plastic, from the extraction of fossil fuels, production, selling to disposal, and it must be legally binding with specific reduction targets.

“The Plastics Treaty must have ambitious goals, broad participation, and clearly defined means of implementation,” he added

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