Clark ends trip to Kenya; discusses reform agenda, climate change

02 Dec 2009

Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta leaf through Kenya's Vision 2030
Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta leaf through Kenya's Vision 2030
Photo: UNDP

Nairobi - On the last day of her first official visit to Kenya, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met with Prime Minister Raila Odinga and discussed the ongoing political and constitutional reform agenda, Kenya’s response to the global economic recession, and the country’s plan to shift towards a green economy.

Following the disputed result of the December 2007 general elections and the subsequent violence, UNDP in Kenya has been supporting critical reforms as identified in the National Accord brokered by Kofi Annan in 2008, which include support to the ongoing constitutional review process, building the capacity of the of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission, among others.

In today’s meeting which included other government and UNDP senior officials, Clark said that UNDP helps countries access best practices through its vast networked presence in 166 countries, and this is an area where UNDP could support Kenya further as it undertakes its reform agenda.

While in the country, Clark attended the UN High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation, where she said that low cost, low carbon technologies developed within the South will play a significant part in the global mitigation effort against climate change. She noted that in the context of the economic crisis, many countries in the South looked elsewhere in the South for models of social protection which they could adapt to their respective situations, and added that this type of co-operation could also help tackle climate change.

Clark also met with women leaders from the judiciary, civil society and academia where they discussed the ongoing nationwide consultations on the draft constitution, the nexus between gender and climate change and how to gain traction on MDG 5 – improving maternal health, one of the Goals on which there has been least progress.

In her meetings with UNEP Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner and UN HABITAT Executive Director Ms. Anna Tibaijuka – both headquartered in the UN Office in Nairobi – the Administrator discussed ways in which the two entities and UNDP could enhance their established relationship.

Clark also met with donor partners, New Zealand nationals living in Kenya and UNDP staff, for both Kenya and Somalia.

This is the Administrator’s second trip to Africa, since her appointment earlier this year. In June 2009, she visited Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.