Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Africa: Kenya President Ruto in Brazzaville for Climate Change Summit

Nairobi — President William Ruto is on Saturday scheduled to participate in the ongoing summit of the Three Basins, Biodiversity Ecosystems, and Tropical Forests (S3B EBFT) in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, alongside fellow Heads of State.

Emmanuel Talam, the Press Secretary at the Presidential Communication Service (PCS), confirmed to Capital News that President Ruto departed the country on Friday evening to be part of the conference.

“Yes, the President is currently in Congo for the Summit,” Talam said.

37 countries are participating in the Summit which is centered on three primary objectives: safeguarding and rejuvenating tropical forests, advancing sustainable development, and reinforcing international collaboration on climate change.

The Summit began on October 26, 2023, and will conclude on Saturday.

Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the President of the Republic of Congo and Chair of the Congo Basin Climate Commission, is presiding over the conference.

He has urged for worldwide unity in response to the environmental and climate crisis that poses a significant threat to our invaluable planet.

“In these critical times, we must act together and with determination to preserve the 350 million hectares of tropical forests, which represent a colossal investment of 1 trillion dollars according to United Nations experts’ estimates,” he said.

The gathering has convened a significant number of participants primarily hailing from the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, regions that collectively oversee more than 80 percent of the world’s tropical forests.