In 2015, two milestones were achieved that set the world on track towards a future where economic growth would no longer be limited to growth statistics, but would also include the impact of economic activities on the environment and the society.
The two are the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Kenya was an important and reliable partner in both political processes.
The Kenyan ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Macharia Kamau, was instrumental in the successful negotiation of the 2030 agenda.
Kenya is committed to building an economy where social inclusion, environmental protection and poverty eradication are given equal priority to growth numbers.
This makes it an ideal partner for Germany, which believes that building a sustainable world where environmental protection is held in high esteem is a task that no country can achieve on its own.
We need to share solutions and lessons learned and inspire one another.
That is why we maintain close ties in development cooperation, climate change, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.
It is against this backdrop that the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nairobi launched the ‘German Embassy Green Economy Cycle (GEGEC)’ last year.
The initiative, which consists of a series of conferences and workshops, aims to stimulate dialogue between German and Kenyan experts to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices in Kenya. This week, in cooperation with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK), we organised the umbrella conference under the GEGEC.
The conference, dubbed, ‘Kenya’s Pathway to a Green Economy’, was officially opened by Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu.
The timing could not have been any better as it coincides with a campaign spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Assembly to beat pollution in Kenya and in the world. We believe that Kenyan businesses have a critical role to play in not only reducing pollution, but preventing it.