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Ruto flies to Dubai for COP28 

President William Ruto heads to Dubai to attend the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) 

President William Ruto is expected to leave the country to attend the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to a statement released on Thursday by State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed, Ruto is set to deliver a statement on behalf of African presidents. 

The Office of the President says Ruto plans to emphasize transformative climate action urgently needed to correct the world’s current trajectory.

Among the key issues he will touch on is the continent’s priorities as per the historic African Leaders Nairobi Declaration adopted at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit held in Nairobi in September 2023.

“President William Ruto will depart today for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the United Arab Emirates, advocating for Kenya and Africa’s climate agenda,” read the statement.

“Kenya and Africa possess vast natural resources, a growing workforce, and untapped renewable energy potential, positioning them to contribute significantly to global climate action while pursuing sustainable development. President Ruto aims to establish Kenya and Africa as key hubs for green manufacturing, supporting the global decarbonization agenda.”

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Mohamed further noted that Ruto advocates for comprehensive financial reforms, emphasizing the need to align international financial institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with Africa’s developmental context and climate goals in order to achieve the vision.

President Ruto will participate in the conference from November 30 to December 2 as other 100 global leaders are expected to be in attendance.

Ruto has in many instances, both on local and international podiums, advocated for comprehensive financial reforms calling on international financial institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to align with Africa’s developmental and climate goals.

The COP28 conference will run from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai.

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