Kenya: Raila To Address COP27 As AU Representative For Infrastructure Development

By Samuel Ouma

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday left the country for Egypt to attend this year’s United Nations’ 27th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP27.

In a communication, the ODM party said he had been invited to address the meeting at Sharm El-Sheikh in his capacity as the African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

“During the summit, Odinga is expected to make a presentation on the impact of climate change on infrastructure development in Africa and 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,” said ODM Communication Director Philip Etale.

President William Ruto is already in Egypt for the same conference. Ruto landed in the northern African country on Sunday and is expected to push Africa’s agenda at the summit.

In a notice, State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed said the President will speak on behalf of Kenya and Africa between 4:35 pm and 4:55 pm on Monday, November 7.

The summit comes in the wake of last month’s publishing of the Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032) by the African Union, a 10-year strategic planning document to address the impacts of climate change that hamper the continent’s integration and development.

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