President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on African nations to develop and advance a common agenda as the continent prepares to host the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt in November this year.
President Kenyatta, who spoke during a meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) on the sidelines of 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, encouraged Africa to take advantage of its hosting of COP27 to push for equity and justice in climate financing.
President Kenyatta regretted that despite Africa contributing less to global emissions, the continent suffers the most from the climate induced crisis such as drought, floods and locust invasion while responsible countries are not operating in emergency mode.
He said time had come for Africa to hold to account big emitters by resubmitting more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by the deadline of 23rd September this year. Separately, President Kenyatta last evening held bilateral talks with President João Lourenço of Angola in Lisbon, where they discussed several subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and Angola as well as the Pan-African agenda of developing a peaceful, stable and progressive continent.