H.E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H President and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya joined the World Heads of States and Government meeting at the United Nations General Assembly for the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of Post 2015 Development Agenda; Transforming our World, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom and recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
Kenya and Ireland co-chaired the Post 2015 development process. In his statement during the Summit for the adoption of the Agenda, the president appreciated the confidence and honour bestowed on the country to co-chair the intergovernmental process leading to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He said that he was optimistic that the agenda will galvanize, energize and refocus global action on ending poverty in all its forms.
The president noted that at the adoption of the Millennium Development the Goals, World leaders undertook to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. In this regard he noted that overall, there has been significant reduction in poverty. He pointed out areas that the MDGs made noticeable progress such are in reduction in number of people living in extreme poverty, reduction of child mortality rates, rise in life expectancy from 63 years to about 65 years.
He also spoke of the rise of the number of girls attending school, increase in the number of women joining formal employment and the continuous reduction of number new cases of HIV-AIDS infections. He also mentioned the vital milestone reached in the fight against Malaria and tuberculosis as well as accelerating efforts to manage the global environment.
On the first day of the United Nations General Assembly, The president with the president of Croatia, H.E. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Co-Chaired an Interactive Dialogue titled “Transforming the World: Realizing the Post 2015 Development Agenda on Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls and leaving no one behind. In his opening remarks, he said that attaining a world free of poverty and hunger is a good starting point of addressing inequalities as expounded in Goals 5 and 10 and their targets, in the new agenda.