EU Commissioner H.E Wopke Hoekstra Calls for International Cooperation to Tackle Climate Crisis

In preparation for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), European Commissioner for Climate Action, Wopke Hoekstra, visited Kenya on November 6 and 7 to highlight the country's critical role as a strategic African partner in combating climate change. The commissioner's visit underscores the importance of Kenya's leadership and participation in achieving the goals of COP28.

During his visit  at the University of Nairobi Chiromo campus on 7th November 2023 where he dlivered a lecture on climate action, Hoekstra emphasized the importance of international cooperation in addressing the global climate crisis. He stated, "Climate change is truly a global crisis; it affects all of us in all parts of the world. Because of that, it transcends political divisions. We can only solve this when we work together."

Hoekstra also commended Kenya for its efforts in transitioning to renewable energy sources and urged the country to continue its leadership in sustainable development. He remarked, "I can only commend Kenya for doing such an amazing job in its renewable energy percentage. I thank H.E President Ruto wholeheartedly for his support in these efforts."

The commissioner acknowledged the disproportionate impact of climate change on Africa, where temperatures are rising at double the global average rate. He noted that Africa contributes only 4% of global carbon emissions, yet it is disproportionately affected by the consequences of climate change.

In addition to promoting international cooperation and commending Kenya's progress, Hoekstra also encouraged African youth to actively participate in climate action initiatives. He stated, "We will truly get nowhere without young people. The voice of African youth is crucial for climate action."

The University of Nairobi, where Hoekstra delivered a policy lecture on climate change, has dedicated two research centers, the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, to address climate change challenges. The university is committed to working in partnership with the European Union and other stakeholders to advance climate action efforts.

The commissioner's visit to Kenya underscores the country's crucial role in global climate action and highlights the importance of international cooperation in addressing this shared challenge. Kenya's leadership and commitment to sustainable development are essential for achieving the goals of COP28 and ensuring a more sustainable future for all.

Here is a video of the Lecture. .

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