The First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Rachel Ruto, hosted dignitaries at the First Lady’s Pavilion at the Africa Climate Summit 2023 in Nairobi.
The dignitaries present during the sessions included Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone; Angeline Ndayishimiye, First Lady of the Republic of Burundi, and Samira Ramadam Bawumina, spouse of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
Others were Dimpho Tlhoreho Masuku, spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, spouse to the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya.
In a statement seen by The Kenya Times, the Office of the First Lady said the agenda of the meeting was to discuss the significant role of education and skills development in building a sustainable future.
Also, the dignitaries discussed the role of women as we transition to clean energy.
The First Lady recognized education as the pivotal cog in the ecosystem that will unlock the potential and opportunities in the green economy by enabling people to grasp the intricate interplay between ecosystems, climate change, and the imperative of sustainable development.
“Young people of Africa are at the forefront, skilled, knowledgeable, and getting ready for the continent’s green workforce,” said Rachael.
Additionally, the First Lady highlighted the importance of transitioning to renewable and clean energy sources.
She stated the integral role women must play in this transition, including closing electricity access gaps and promoting clean cooking solutions, especially in rural and low-income areas.
Also, the First Ladies encouraged greater investment, strengthened partnerships and collaboration among governments, civil society, the private sector, and international organizations to promote the changes that will lead to a more sustainable future.
Africa Climate Summit
President William Ruto inaugurated the Africa Climate Summit (ACS) on Monday, September 4.
The ACS will run from 4th to 6th September 2023 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), in Nairobi and will be cohosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission (AUC).
According to the president, this summit will usher in the Nairobi Declaration, a document that holds the potential to steer Africa towards a path of radical affirmative action in addressing the pressing issues of climate change.