President Uhuru Kenyatta has underscored the negative impacts of climate change on Africa's peace and security, and rallied the continent to develop a common position ahead of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
"Climate change is a key defining development and the foremost emerging security challenge of our time. It acts as a ‘multiplier’ of existing threats to international peace and security.
"As African leaders specifically and global leaders more generally, we can no longer ignore the serious security challenges associated with climate change," the President said.
The Head of State spoke Tuesday morning at State House, Nairobi when he chaired a virtual meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on climate change. President Kenyatta is this month's Chairperson of the Council.
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