NAIROBI, 28 September 2020
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced Kenya’s backing for global efforts to restore the world’s biodiversity and put nature on a path to recovery by 2030.
In a recorded video statement delivered during a virtual biodiversity side event dubbed “Leaders Event for Nature and People: A Global Response to our Planetary Emergency”, President Kenyatta said the green recovery agenda must be placed on top of the world’s priorities.
The virtual event was held today on the margins of the ongoing 75th United Nations General Assembly.
The President emphasized the need to reset the relationship between human activities and nature to secure a resilient carbon-neutral and nature-positive world.
“And it is for this reason that Kenya is proud to endorse the ‘Leaders Pledge for Nature’ as a sign of our steadfast commitment to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and put nature and our ecosystems, on a path to its recovery by 2030,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State pointed out that the interrelated people and nature crises could be tackled through concerted actions from governments, businesses and civil society.
“As we look forward to ushering in the decade for ecosystem restoration, we must recognize this interconnectedness and set nature on the right path of zero biodiversity loss and promote greener and much more sustainable practices,” the President said.
President Kenyatta welcomed the zeal exhibited by global political leaders, saying it is a strong indication of the need to do business differently and place sustainability at the core of societies and economies.
World leaders from more than 20 countries including Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau (Canada), Boris Johnson (United Kingdom) and Imran Khan (Pakistan) delivered recorded statements at the high-profile event held ahead of the UN Summit on Biodiversity that will take place on Wednesday this week.
The leaders pledged to step up the push for biodiversity restoration and encouraged other leaders to commit to matching their collective ambition for nature, climate and people.