The 7th Annual Devolution Conference shall be held from 3rd - 7th May 2021 in Makueni County. The last six conferences have focused on various issues with a key focus on the devolution journey, including the space of National and County Governments in the implementation of the Big Four Agenda and reviewing its implementation. The 7th Annual Devolution Conference will focus on Climate Action, in particular, the impact and the role of sub-national Governments in Climate Action.
The focus on climate action has been necessitated by the adverse impact of climate change in socio-economic development in Kenya. This has resulted in poor living conditions in some areas, occurrence of floods, drought, unregulated release of industrial wastes and increased burden in health. National and County Governments have a responsibility in ensuring that the Country this issues are dealt with and that the population is food secure, there is use of natural resources sustainably, provision of affordable and quality healthcare, job opportunities are created and sustainable waste management employed both by government and private sector.
The conference will be critical in ensuring that sub-national Governments both local, regional and across the globe have a platform to discuss and deliberate on their role and how they can unlock opportunities to turn around the climate change effects in the communities. Given the increasing nature-related hazards like floods, landslides among others facing Kenyans, it is time we saw concerted actions to legislate, fund and enforce climate-smart strategies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at sub-national and national levels.
Strengthening Sub-national governments to act on climate change and develop stronger mitigation capacities
Specific Objectives of the 7th Annual Devolution Conference
The objectives of this conference will include among other things, too;
1. Enable County Governments to demonstrate bold climate leadership;
2. To deliberate on the impact of climate change mitigation measures;
3. To deliberate on how to strengthen Kenya’s capacity to develop a GHG inventory;
4. Provide a platform for government and private sector to commit on climate action strategies to be undertaken for the next year; and
5. Mobilize two million trees to be planted in the host county before and during the conference.