Raila to give address at Egypt climate conference
ODM leader Raila Odinga is scheduled to address the United Nations’ 27th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27).
Raila, who left for Cairo, Egypt yesterday morning, is expected to address the meeting at Sharm El-Sheikh as the African Union’s (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development.
During the summit, Raila will make a presentation on the impact of climate change on infrastructure development in Africa.
“His presentation will focus on why there is a need for strengthening adaptation and resilience, mitigating emissions, facilitating a just transition, and increasing funding and collaboration for essential climate solutions,” reads part of the statement sent to newsrooms yesterday.
President William Ruto, who is the chairperson of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, left on Sunday for the same conference. He is expected to deliver Africa’s statement on climate change at the convention
COP27 is focusing on strengthening adaptation and resilience, mitigating emissions, facilitating a just transition, and increasing funding and collaboration for essential climate solutions.
The Summit comes in the wake of last month’s publishing of the Climate Change and Resilience Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032) by the African Union, which is a 10-year strategic planning document to address the impacts of climate change that hamper integration and development.
African leaders believe that efforts to reduce emissions in these countries – such as transitioning from fossil fuel power to renewables and from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles – should be implemented with an eye to advancing resilience and wider sustainable development.