President Uhuru Kenyatta is amongst 40 members in an ongoing Leaders Summit on Local weather convened by United States President Joe Biden.
From Africa, Mr Kenyatta was invited alongside President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Ali Bongo of Gabon and Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari.
The summit, a two-day digital occasion that started Thursday, is aimed toward underscoring the urgency of stronger local weather motion.
It additionally goals to galvanise motion by main economies to sort out the worldwide local weather disaster forward of the United Nations Local weather Change Convention (COP26) scheduled for November this yr in Glasgow.
On the opening of the summit, President Biden stated the science and price of local weather change are simple information.
He referred to as on all gamers, particularly the main world economies, to set greater local weather ambitions and act urgently to forestall world warming, which now exceeds 1.5 levels Celsius, and assist susceptible international locations adapt to local weather impacts.
The US introduced its bold 2030 emissions goal as its new Nationally Decided Contribution underneath the Paris Settlement.
“America units out on a path to chop greenhouse gases in half by the tip of this decade. That is the place we’re headed as an economic system and that’s what we will do if we take motion to construct an economic system that is not solely extra affluent however more healthy, fairer and cleaner for your entire planet. This path will set America on a mission in direction of a net-zero emissions economic system by no later than 2050,” stated Mr Biden.
He added: “However the fact is America represents lower than 50 p.c of the world’s emissions and no nation can remedy this disaster by itself as all absolutely perceive. All–and notably those that symbolize the world’s largest economies–have to step up and those who do take daring actions in clear power future will win the great jobs of tomorrow whereas making their economies extra resilient and extra aggressive.”
He highlighted examples of how enhanced local weather ambition will create higher paying jobs, advance ground-breaking applied sciences and assist susceptible international locations adapt to local weather impacts.
Lately, scientists have underscored the necessity to restrict planetary warming to 1.5 levels Celsius in an effort to stave off the worst impacts of local weather change. A key objective of each the Leaders Summit and COP26 might be to catalyse efforts to maintain that 1.5-degree objective inside attain.
President Biden took motion on his first day in workplace to return the US to the Paris Settlement. Days later, on January 27, he introduced plans to convene a leaders’ summit on local weather change. It’s hoped the summit, which reconvenes the US-led Main Economies Discussion board on Vitality and Local weather, will clarify how local weather motion can have world financial and social advantages.
The discussion board, which brings collectively 17 international locations chargeable for roughly 80 p.c of worldwide emissions and world GDP, can be anticipated to nudge the world’s main economies and personal sector to construct new nature-based options, companies and industries that may assist cut back emissions on this decade.
Mr Biden urged world leaders to make use of the summit as a chance to stipulate how their international locations additionally will contribute to stronger local weather ambition.