President William Ruto is set to leave the country for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the United Arab Emirates.
Departing on Thursday, the President aims to advocate for Kenya and Africa's climate agenda, building on his consistent emphasis on tangible climate action since his inauguration on September 13, 2022.
At COP27 in Egypt last November, Ruto delivered a statement shifting the African climate narrative from victimhood to opportunity.
Now, from November 30 to December 2, 2023, at COP 28, he joins 100 global leaders to stress the urgent need for transformative climate action on a global scale.
In his role as the Chair of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), Ruto will deliver a statement on behalf of Africa, reflecting on the continent's priorities and the African Leaders Nairobi Declaration adopted in September 2023.
Key events at COP28 include the launch of the Africa Green Industrialisation Initiative (AGII), a collaboration between the COP28 Presidency (UAE), the Government of Kenya, and other African States.
AGII aims to assist African countries in developing green industries to drive economic growth, job creation, and trade.
Ruto will also play a role in establishing a new framework on climate finance at COP28, drawing on various global initiatives.
Witnessing the signing of MOUs and investment deals for significant investments in Kenya's green manufacturing further underscores commitment to showcasing the nation's potential in the green sector.
As President Ruto undertakes this journey, the departure marks a significant moment in Africa's engagement with global climate discussions.