Following president William Samoei Ruto’s meeting with Slovakian president Zuzana Caputova in Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27), the female leader shared what she had spoken with Ruto. She said her country is looking forward to developmental support with Kenya and also partner on security challenges. She also noted that Ruto was committed to respect of territorial integrity as evidenced by the country’s vote at the United Nations General Assembly. Her tweet read,
#Slovakia is committed to #Kenya in development support: we can only overcome climate crisis or security challenges together, as partners. I thanked President @WilliamsRuto for #Kenya’s principled position on ￼ territorial integrity & sovereignty, incl. at the recent #UNGA vote.
Noticeably, the Slovakians kept away from her usually active Twitter handle, not as much as even commenting on the issue. By the time of going to press, only one person had commented, and it was to ridicule Russian President Vladamir Putin..
In the climate change conference, the Kenyan president said carbon credits market should benefit communities fighting the adverse effects of climate change.
He said Kenya is already a leader in the generation of carbon credits in Africa, accounting for over 20 per cent of the continent’s volume over the past five years.
The President noted that a portion of proceeds have been invested towards funding clean cooking and solar home systems.
“Although we are just getting started, the beneficial impact of the nascent carbon credit regime holds tremendous promise,” he said.
He was speaking on Tuesday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, during the launch of African Carbon Markets Initiative (ACMI).
President Ruto noted that Kenya was committed to working with initiatives such as ACMI in expanding carbon markets and carbon credit opportunities in our country.
He said the country will be generating more than 30 million tonnes of carbon credits annually, earning incomes and creating green jobs for the youth.
“These resources would accelerate landscape restoration, expansion of forest cover, tree growing, clean cooking and agroforestry,” he explained.
However, the President said it is vital that there are carbon markets that work for Kenyan and African communities.
He said currently, about 80 per cent of the value of some carbon credits are captured by intermediaries.
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