UNDP urges support for Kenya to strengthen climate finance at county level


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on the development partners to support Kenya to strengthen climate finance at the county level.

UNDP Kenya’s Resident Representative Walid Badawi encouraged counties to dedicate significant portions of their budgetary allocations to strengthen climate actions in line with the progressive Nationally Determined Contributions Update submitted by Kenya to UNFCCC.

“More work is still required to fully bring all the 47 counties into this fold,” Badawi said on Tuesday evening during the seventh Annual Devolution conference underway in Makueni County, eastern Kenya, according to a statement issued by the UNDP.

He said efforts by the National Treasury and Planning and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry are beginning to bear some fruits.

As partners commit their support, Badawi said, UNDP is also urging the government to enhance domestic budget allocation toward climate-relevant sectors to strengthen sustainable climate action at the county level.

The three-day Devolution Conference happening in Makueni County aims to strengthen sub-national governments to act on climate change and develop stronger mitigation capacities.

It is marked at a very important time, after the just ended 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that was held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Badawi said the Glasgow compromise pact during the COP26 does not deliver the real tangible financing required by developing countries like Kenya to effectively adapt to the ravaging climate crisis.

He encouraged counties to enhance allocations toward mitigation actions such as reafforestation, renewable energy, sustainable transport, agriculture and integrating nature-based solutions in the development plans. Enditem

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