UNFPA Executive Director commends Uhuru’s youth agenda  

President Uhuru Kenyatta was Thursday commended for the role he has continued to play in championing the youth agenda.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Natalia Kanem said Kenya has portrayed great leadership in supporting youth empowerment and development under President Kenyatta.

Dr. Kanem also praised First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for spearheading efforts to address health challenges facing mothers, neonates, children, and adolescents in Kenya through the Beyond Zero campaign.

“The First Lady has been a beacon of hope for children and maternal health in Kenya,” Dr. Kanem said.

The UNFPA Executive Director, who assured Kenya of her organization’s increased support, was speaking today when she paid a courtesy call on President Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

President Kenyatta welcomed UNFPA’s support and partnership in accelerating Kenya’s development.

“We are truly grateful for the solid support that UNFPA extends to Kenya and we hope to continue working together to achieve even more in terms of our national development goals,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State cited the Universal Health Coverage, one of the pillars of the Big4 Agenda, as an area where the UNFPA and the Kenya Government could scale up their partnership for the benefit of Kenyans.

“Kenya cannot do this alone and that is why we want to work with other partners to ensure the Universal Health Coverage, which we have started implementing on a pilot phase, succeeds,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta and the UNFPA Executive Director also discussed the Nairobi Summit on International Conference and Development 25 (ICPD25) that will be held in Kenya in November this year.

The President assured of Kenya’s commitment and preparedness to host the summit.

The meeting was attended by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya and United Nations Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee among others.

The Acting Executive Director of UNEP briefed President Kenyatta on the Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) which will be held at the UNEP in Gigiri, Nairobi, next week.


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