Africa Trade Unions Holds Talks with State Secretary, German Ministry for Environment

13 March 2019 Nairobi, KENYA
Keywords : Activities Climate Change And Environment Interview Kenya

On the side lines of the 4th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - Kenya Office - organized a consultative meeting between the State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of the German Ministry of Environment - Jochen Flasbarth and two key partners of the FES office - the Africa Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

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ITUC-Africa was represented by its Climate Change Program Officer, Ms. Rhoda Boateng.

In addition to the State Secretary and his team, also present at the meeting were the German Ambassador to Kenya - Ms. Annette Gunther; personnel from the German Embassy in Kenya; the Director of FES Kenya - Henrik Maihack; the Climate Policy Officers of FES Kenya, Robert Muthami and Vivienne Kigondi.

The brief discussions focused on resolutions tabled at UNEA-4; post reflections from COP24; Germany’s commitment to Climate Action and Just Transition.
The partners present in the meeting commended Germany for its leadership in climate negotiations and its commendable commitment to supporting climate adaptation in developing countries.

On the other hand, the State Secretary expressed his appreciation of the many small initiatives in Kenya towards climate mitigation. This was particularly in reference to Taka Taka Solutions - a Nairobi based social enterprise providing affordable and environmentally friendly waste management services to all income areas. The delegation had visited the social enterprise earlier in the day. In his view, such actions accompanied by the right legislation will go a long way to contributing to reduction in global carbon emissions and improving the livelihoods of many. He further stressed that even though the context of Just Transition may differ for Africa, there is the need for a definition of the concept and a concrete plan for implementation within the African context.

The partners - ITUC-Africa and PACJA reaffirmed their appreciation for the continuous and sound cooperation between their organizations and the German Government through the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The meeting ended with renewed commitment to strengthening cooperation between all parties.

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