By Beth Nyaga
Kenya is the first country to host UNCTAD for a second time having hosted the 4th UNCTAD meeting in May 1976.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘From decisions to Actions’.
The conference aims to steer and solidify the commitments made on sustainable development into concrete plans of actions.
This will systematically be made through the ministerial debates, high level round table, fourth World Investment Forum, a Global Commodities Forum, a Youth Forum and a Civil Society Forum.
Kenya’s delegation to the information session on UNCTAD 14 scheduled for 17th to 22nd July in Nairobi was well received by 199 member countries at United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
Leader of the delegation Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohammed reaffirmed Kenya’s readiness and commitment to ensuring ‘roaring success of the conference’.
Cabinet Secretaries Adan Mohamed, Industrialization, Najib Balala, Tourism, and the members of Kenya’s UNCTAD 14 multi-stakeholders preparatory committee were also in attendance.
Adan Mohamed said the “forum presents an opportunity to ensure the largest possible participation of all stake holders through involvement of national and international partners from both the private and public sectors.”
Balala welcomed the delegates to Kenya to experience its magnificent beauty and hospitality mentioning the wilder beast migration at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
CS Amina before giving her remarks registered Kenya’s heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the people and governments of Turkey and Cote De Voire over the heinous attack.
“It is against people’s values, ways of life and destruction of hard work that had painstakingly been put together over years,” she said as she urged nations to reject organizations and ideologies that are based on destruction.