President William Ruto is scheduled to fly to Dubai today for the much-awaited 28th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 28).
A statement released by State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed on Thursday indicated that Ruto will deliver a statement on behalf of all African presidents.
Among the key issues he will touch on is the continent's priorities as per the historic African Leaders Nairobi Declaration adopted at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit held in Nairobi in September 2023.
"President William Ruto will depart today for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the United Arab Emirates, advocating for Kenya and Africa's climate agenda," read the statement.
"Kenya and Africa possess vast natural resources, a growing workforce, and untapped renewable energy potential, positioning them to contribute significantly to global climate action while pursuing sustainable development. President Ruto aims to establish Kenya and Africa as key hubs for green manufacturing, supporting the global decarbonization agenda."
Mohamed further noted that Ruto advocates for comprehensive financial reforms, emphasizing the need to align international financial institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with Africa's developmental context and climate goals in order to achieve the vision.
While at the event, Ruto will also spearhead the launch of the Africa Green Industrialisation Initiative as well as advocate for a new framework on Climate Finance.