Environment Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli gives his key note address during the opening of the Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Review of the Implementation of the Convention.
Kenya is implementing various programmes and projects to address the challenges posed by desertification and drought in achieving food security, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu has said.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment, Mr Charles Sunkuli during the official opening of the Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Prof Wakhungu told the over 1,000 delegates representing different countries party to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), civil societies and partners, that there are active initiatives to tackle the issue.
She said Kenya, in partnership with JICA, Senegal and UNCCD, has launched the African Initiative for Combating Desertification and Resilience to Climate Change in Sahel and Horn of Africa, and is implementing a programme on promoting drought resistant tree species such as Melia volkensii to increase the forest cover. She called for support of development partners and relevant organisations in the implementation of those noble initiatives.
The Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, aims at combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought in the countries affected through effective action at all levels.
The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) is a subsidiary body of UNCCD, which is tasked with tracking the implementation of the conventions by parties. CRIC15 was a special intercessional session, which will allow parties, through interactive sessions, to discuss key elements for a new Strategy, findings from the optional reports and future modalities for reporting.