Ruto Asks Countries To Unite To Tackle Climate Change

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Nations must work together to tackle global environmental challenges, Kenya's President William Ruto has said.

The Kenyan Head of State said the forthcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) provides the world with an opportunity to address the impact of climate change, especially among developing nations.

"We must avail resources to developing countries to deal with the effects of climate change; we must reverse its adverse effects," he said.

Ruto spoke on Monday when he met United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Anderson at State House, Nairobi.

Ruto explained that Kenya was facing severe drought due to climate change.

"I look forward to a successful COP 27. It is important that we act for the good of humanity," he explained.

He challenged developed countries to step forward and honour their commitments to confronting the effects of climate change in developing countries.

The President raised concerns over the fragmentation of the mandate of UNEP, which he said hampers its operations.

He said it was time the UNEP Regional Office for Africa was strengthened to provide effective and requisite support to member States' national programmes.

Ms. Anderson, on her side, lauded the government's commitment to have a 30 per cent forest cover in Kenya by 2030.

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