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Climate Change Action Summit 2019 during the 74th United Nation General Assembly

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The global community has experienced climate change related catastrophes, the world is warming up faster than ever before. Consequently, the United Nations Secretary General called for urgent action by Member States through their participation in the Climate Action Summit (CAS) which took place on 23rd September, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Council of Governors was represented by Chairman, CoG, H.E Wycliffe Oparanya and H.E Lee Kinyanjui through their participation in sessions on Local Leadership for Climate: Solutions to the Climate Emergency.
The Summit objective was to develop ambitious solutions in six areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.
The United Nations Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit provided a platform for Member States to mobilize new partnerships, resources and actions that motivated more ambitious national government commitments ahead of COP 25 and garnered new resources to support new and existing sub National climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
Kenya as co-lead of the Infrastructure Climate change and Local Action (ICLA) track has undertaken a number of activities aimed at building political momentum to UNSG’s climate action Summit generally, and for ICLA track in particular and it’s sub-track on “Climate Resilience for the Most Vulnerable Urban Dwellers”, while noting that the poorest urban dwellers are more exposed than the average population to climate related shocks and other extreme weather events.
The Sub national Mobilization Sub-Track of the ICLA Coalition and Nature Based Solutions Coalition focused on working together with the alliance of city networks and core partners of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, UN-Habitat, UNECE, FAO and engaged Member States to host a globally focused dialogue between leading local leaders and ministers/representatives from national governments to highlight sub national progress and action to date and discuss areas for alignment, collaboration and investment to accelerate and support sub national climate action.
Climate change poses a critical threat to future development, particularly in developing countries where urban poverty is widespread and key assets such as infrastructure are underdeveloped for even current needs. These extreme events pose a costly hazard to infrastructure in terms of degradation, necessary maintenance, and potential decrease in lifespan due to climatic impacts. Climate resilience infrastructure safeguards and strengthen socio-economic growth from current and future climate impacts. Bringing together a representative group of leading local leaders, mayors, and governors and ministers at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit helped frame the role of sub national actors in climate action by showcasing commitments, ambition, solutions, and progress of cities and local governments to date, uncover the biggest challenges cities face in realizing their ambition, and identify opportunities for increased co-creation and collaboration, including national government support through existing initiatives and new UNSG Summit initiatives being announced in New York.
The Summit also emphasized that a transition to zero-carbon cities should be at the heart of national development strategies, underpinned by a meaningful partnership between visionary national governments and innovative local governments. Sub-national governments are too often confronted by barriers that can constraint the implementation of their climate plans and the ability of national governments to unlock the potential of cities to drive sub-national action. In a global survey of 90 city governments, over half of cities reported that national policy frameworks did not adequately support their municipal green agendas
Kenya convened a Ministerial high-level meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of UNGA (2019) as a call to Member States to translate peace commitments into action, beginning with the national ownership of the peace agenda. The event highlighted the Country Specific approached that target prevention, root cause of conflict and current security and fragility challenges in order to build resilience and deliver on peace, within its borders and with its neighbors. This approach is in keeping with the 2016 resolutions on the review of the United Nations Peace building Architecture which reaffirm the primary responsibility of Government and authorities in identifying, driving and directing priorities, strategies and activities for sustaining peace for all segments of the society in partnership with various stakeholders.

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