Kenya’s COP 21 position paper ready

 CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 21 National Action Plan Validation workshop at Panafric, Nbi (Photo source MENR)

Kenya, is among the Countries that have complied with the resolution agreed during the Climate Change Conference, that was held in Lima, Peru in 2014 by submitting her Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions,  Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Addressing a joint meeting of the Kenyan team to the Paris Climate Change Conference, who had met at the Panafric hotel, Nairobi, in order to validate the National Adaptation Plan, Prof. Wakhungu noted that, Kenya was among the 195 member states of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) and her position paper was ready. Calling on all the participants to speak with one voice, Prof. Wakhungu reminded them that, the aim of COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, with the aim of keeping global warming to below 2degrees Celsius.

A cross-section of participants during the COP 21 National Action Plan validation workshop

The 21st Conference of the Parties, which is the annual meeting of all Countries which want to take action for the climate, will be held in Paris, from November 20th to December, 11th, 2015.

Information source -Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Website

Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accreditation.

NEMA is in the process of applying for Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accreditation.

The GCF is a finance mechanism established under the UNFCCC. This fund is established to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in developing countries.

For a country to access the funds, national institutions must obtain accreditation as Implementing Entities from the GCF Board. In Kenya, NEMA has been nominated as one of the institutions to be accredited under this Fund. The nominating authority is the National Treasury who is the National Designated Authority for this Fund in Kenya.

 

The National Environment Management Authority as an accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE) for Adaptation Fund (AF) for Kenya is pursuing GCF accreditation on fast-tracked category. NEMA submitted its accreditation application in May 2015 and received the first level review comment in July 2015.

 

NIE has also held trainings on corruption prevention and environmental and social safeguards as part of the climate finance readiness programme by the GCF.

In response to this, the NIE Secretariat which is coordinating this accreditation process convened an inter-departmental meeting to consolidate responses to the review. This meeting was held on 29th July 2015.

 

Accreditation is an evaluation and interrogation of process and procedures of an institution as a whole. This meeting was vital in ensuring that the responses generated reflect the true position of the Authority. The NIE Secretariat is therefore very hopeful that the input by the various departments shall lead towards NEMA’s GCF Accreditation.