NAIROBI, Kenya November 24th – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has proposed the creation of a National Climate Council (NCC) to lead climate policy at the national level.
Odinga noted that the Council will play a central role in addressing the country’s climate-related challenges.
“Climate change is bigger than the elections in 2022 or the elections in 2027 and 2032. It’s about life and death that cornered everyone around the world, ”he said on Wednesday in Makueni during the seventh annual devolution conference.
He stressed that Kenya’s economy needs to improve with an appropriate climate-related policy and structure.
“Extreme weather conditions have led, among other things, to the loss of human life, a reduced livelihood, reduced crop and livestock production and damaged infrastructure. The key drivers of our economy, which are agriculture, water, energy, tourism and wildlife, are extremely climate sensitive, ”he said.
The African Union Envoy for Infrastructure praised the 32 counties that have since adopted a climate change policy and legal framework as part of mitigation measures to address climate-related challenges in the country.
“I particularly praise ASAL counties Garissa, Isiolo, Kitui, Makueni and Wajir for going ahead and setting up district climate funds, and that is the leadership we are looking for at the grassroots,” he said.
As part of the “Financing Locally-Led Climate Action” (FLLoCA) program financed by the World Bank, the districts set up climate protection funds, provided a member of the district’s executive committee responsible for climate change, and set up units for climate finance and climate change, with an average of 2 Percent of their development budget.
Under the motto “Multi-Level Governance for Climate Action: Sub-National Mobilization in Unlocking the Full Potential of Climate Protection During and After Pandemics”, the conference attempts to cascade climate change measures to the grassroots.