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Kenyan president joins in on efforts to tackle climate change

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Kenyatta: Africa’s progress dependent on integration

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, 11 November 2018, affirmed Kenya’s support for global efforts geared towards environmental conservation and to address climate change.

Kenya was keen on partnering with other countries on the use of green energy to check the challenges of climate change and variability, he said. “Climate change is no longer a myth, it is here with us and we cannot turn a blind eye to it. Green is definitely the way to go,” Kenyatta declared. He was speaking at a meeting with Laurent Fabius, chairman of the Group of Experts on the Global Pact for the Environment.

Fabius has sought Kenya’s support on the global impact of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) initiatives for environmental protection. Fabius, a veteran French politician and former president of COP21, said France views the initiative as a worldwide project that calls for all countries to join hands in creating environmentally-friendly policies.

“Kenya is keen on partnering in this initiative – not just verbally, but also in the commitment of resources needed to make the initiative a success,” he added.

Kenyatta informed Fabius that at the end of this month he will be launching the biggest wind power plant in Africa, as a demonstration that it is possible to go green and still achieve Kenya’s ambitious development goals.

Lake Turkana Wind Power, in Loyangalani in Marsabit County, is the largest wind energy project on the continent with an output of 310MW of clean and reliable electricity.

Kenyatta is in France, at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, to attend the Global Peace Forum which begins Sunday. The revered Kenyan president will give a keynote address and participate in roundtable discussions.

The Paris Peace Forum, a new annual event, is focusing on international cooperation as key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace, and is bringing together more than 70 heads of state and governments from across the world.

– APA

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