United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Kenya

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Statement by Kenya on: Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns
during the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for Commission on
Sustainable Development (CSD 19), March 3, 2011, New York
Thank you Mr. Chairman for giving me this opportunity. I also thank the
distinguished panelists for the very useful expose on this very important
thematic cluster on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
Kenya delegation aligns itself with the statement delivered by the
distinguished representative of Argentina on behalf of the G-77 and China.
Mr. Chairman,
To realize sustainable development and eradication of poverty, Kenya believes
that Member States should immediately implement what is doable in the short
term as they explore ways of achieving long-term goals on SCP. In this regard,
as part of the African 10-Year Framework Programme (10 YFP) on Sustainable
Consumption and Production, Kenya is implementing SCP programs and
projects that take strategic focus by linking SCP with the challenges of meeting
basic needs in more sustainable manners. Our national and local activities are
presently focused on forestry, energy, water and sanitation, habitat and
sustainable urban development, and industrial development.
Mr. Chairman,
Kenya is approaching the above issues through three key fronts: Waste
Minimization and Management where industries are being encouraged to
promote business values in using technologies and innovations that minimize
production of waste. Resource-use efficiency practices especially in the energy,
infrastructure, housing and transport is being promoted and in this regard, the
Government is ,in partnership with various strategic partners like UNEP and the
Government of France, developing a national Green Economy program.
Kenya is also using regulatory tools to enforce Sustainable Consumption and
production. For example, through the Environment Management and
Coordination Act (1999) and other regulatory instruments such as the
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Environment Impact Assessment Regulations and Waste Management
regulations (2006). These regulations are significant in enabling adoption of
consumption and production practices that promote environment
sustainability.
The Government is also undertaking activities aimed at instilling appropriate
consumption and production behaviors that support resource use efficiency. In
line with this, we are pursuing sustainable environmental health through
introduction of these concepts in schools through the Green schools program.
In particular, the Green Schools program is concurrently promoting
conservation of water catchment areas so that environmental resources like
water, quality soils and biodiversity are used in a sustainable manner for the
present and future generations.
Mr. Chairman,
In line with Africa?s 10 YFP on SCP, Kenya is implementing a number of pilot
projects such as the development of national and local SCP action plans;
sustainable consumption and production of plastics, development of capacities
for SCP in the Lake Victoria area; sustainable procurement and life-cycle
assessment workshops; collection of best practices on SCP projects by
development agencies; and a research study on leapfrogging possibilities for
SCP in Africa.
In conclusion, to be able to realize significant achievement in the area of SCP,
Kenya, like other developing countries require financial resources, technical
assistance, capacity building and transfers of relevant technology. In this
regard, Kenya supports and looks forward to an all-inclusive ambitious 10YFP
based on the Rio principles, especially common but differentiated
responsibilities and respective capabilities with developed countries taking the
lead and others benefiting from the process.
I thank you.
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