The Chair of the African group, Mr. Mwendandu, flanked by Kenya’s delegation to COP 13 giving Kenya’s statement during the HLS
Kenya, which the chair of the African region group to the Thirteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13), has called for COP 13 to consider specific measures to deal with the impacts of drought in the region, and to increase resilience of the affected communities.
Delivering the Ministerial statement on behalf of the African group during the opening session of the High Level Segment of COP 13 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, the Chair of the African group of negotiators, Mr. Richendandu noted that, drought was the most adverse climatic phenomenon affecting our region and has resulted to declining land productivity, increased food insecurity, exacerbated poverty, unemployment levels, decreased Gross Domestic Product, increased competition for natural resources, social economic disruptions and may compromise our efforts to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality.
Mr. Mwendandu, who is also the Director of Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the State Department of Natural Resources observed that, in order to meet the set LDN targets, political commitment and enhanced resources will be required,over and above the national capabilities, and called for enhanced financial and technical support from partners and funding mechanisms, particularly, the Global Environmental Facility during the GEF-7 replenish phase.
On behalf of the African group region, Mr. Mwendandu appreciated the efforts by the UCCD secretariat to establish the LDN Fund and hoped that,the fund will be operationized in line with the Convention provisions.
The High Level Segment is being attended by over 80 Ministers and more than 2,000 delegates from 196 member Countries of the UNCCD including Kenya, and 20 international organizations