Climate Change & SDG’s

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction

The Programme creates advocacy, mobilization and communication programs and messages for informing, enhancing knowledge and deploying the value-added benefit of communication (using various channels and targeted audience) aimed at increasing understanding and encouraging positive response for the achievement of Caritas programmes/initiatives to deliver results.

Climate change is adding systematic hurdles to each one of the 17 SDGs. We particularly look at how climate change is worsening poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, clean water, clean energy, youth unemployment, inequality, peace, justice. As Caritas Kenya, the SDGs are an important framework to achieve our objective to live out and advocate for social, economic and environment justice. We have therefore joined the SDGs Kenya Forum, a civil society coalition that wants to hold the governments to account on SDG implementation. We believe that being part of SDGs is a good opportunity to bring in our own mandate for working in development and humanitarian action and the role the Catholic Church can play, while keeping in mind the bigger picture and building partnerships with actors from other sectors of civil society. We believe that working in these new coalitions is the only way to “leave no one behind “, one of the main principles the SDGs stand for.

Sectors of Intervention

  • Green Growth
  • Adaptation and resilience
  • Mitigation
  • REDD+

Achievements

Kenya is among countries that have Volunteered to report during the 2nd High Level Political Forum (HLPF) to be held in New York in July 2017. Caritas Kenya through a civil society coalition, SDGs Kenya Forum, has provided input to Kenya VNR process specifically on GOAL 2 – ZERO HUNGER, in an effort to help shape our agenda locally and support the government in the reporting process. Caritas Kenya will leverage on the launch as a platform to validate the CSOs input to the Kenya report. Caritas Kenya is now desirous of partnering with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning in launching forums for national dialogues on SDGs. The Dialogues are envisaged as a call to action that will focus on the government’s SDGs roadmap implementation process as an entry point in setting credible mechanisms that will focus on finalize the formulation of indicators to track progress, implementation, financing and monitoring. Caritas Kenya is also a member organization of the Kenya’s Inter-agency technical committee (IATC)set by the government of Kenya to manage SDGs implementation. IATC was in charge of developing Kenya’s SDGs Road Map Strategy/Action Plan. IATC draws membership from Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs); County Governments; Development Partners; Civil Society Organizations/Church Organizations; special groups including youth and persons with disabilities and the private sector.

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