President Ruto leaves for Climate conference in South Africa

President William Ruto addressing congregants at A.I.C Milimani Church, Nairobi on Sunday, May 14, 2023. [State House]

President William Ruto left the country on Tuesday afternoon for a two day visit to South Africa.

State House spokesperson Hussein Mohamed said Ruto will address the Third Pan African Parliamentarians Summit on Climate Policy and Equity.

Ruto is the chairperson of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change.

The summit is also expected to discuss matters of trade and is seen as a curtain raiser to the inaugural Africa Climate Action Summit which will be held in Nairobi on September 4 to 6, 2023.

“The Nairobi Summit will be instrumental in shaping Africa’s consolidated stance on addressing climate change, propelling the continent from a passive victim to an active participant in climate change solutions,” said Mohamed in the statement.

Mohamed said that the collective efforts from the two summits will be carried forward by the continent for presentation at global forums like the United Nations General Assembly and COP28.

Mohamed says that Ruto’s address will reaffirm Kenya’s dedication to climate action and demonstrates her commitment to fostering consensus in Africa on issues affecting Africans.