The Kenya Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva participates in advancing Kenya’s environmental policy and interests in organisms such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other organizations related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Ramsar, Minamata and Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, among others.
Climate change has had a major impact on lives and livelihoods, not only in Kenya but all over the world. Increased cycle of droughts, hurricanes, melting glaciers and rising sea levels, among others, have been directly attributed to climate change. Kenya’s greenhouse gas emissions account for barely O.1% of the world’s emissions; however, objectives are to lower the contribution even further by 2030.
Kenya understands the impact of contemporary environmental problems such as ozone depletion, ocean and air pollution, and resource degradation compounded by the increasing world population. Through its engagements with the environmentally based institutions, the Mission contributes to the integration of environmental management into national and regional economic activities, including agriculture and tourism to minimize negative impact on the environment.
In addition, the Mission lobbies for Training and Technical Assistance Programmes to further bolster human and institutional capacity at the national level.
Below are the websites of organizations and conventions in the multilateral environment system that Kenya participates in.
IPCC, WMO, UNEP, IUCN, CITES, Ramsar, BRS