STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES ON KENYA’S COMMITMENTS DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT (ICPD25) AT KICC, NAIROBI, 12TH NOVEMBER, 2019

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES ON KENYA’S COMMITMENTS DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT (ICPD25) AT KICC, NAIROBI, 12TH NOVEMBER, 2019

I wish to reaffirm Kenya’s commitment to the noble ideals of ICPD Programme of Action, in line with the framework of our constitution, national social-cultural values and ethos. In this regard, Kenya commits to doing the following over the next decade to achieve the goals of ICPD Programme of Action;

1. To enhance the country’s population and development programmes through increased budgetary allocations; efficient implementation of programmes and projects; and integration of population issues into the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all policies, programmes relating to sustainable development at national, county, and sub-county levels by the year 2030.

2. To ensure that all citizens attain the highest possible standard of health. And, this will entail elimination of the following; preventable maternal and newborn mortality; mother to child transmission of HIV; teenage pregnancies; and new adolescent and youth HIV infections by 2030.

3. Improve support to older persons, persons with disabilities, orphans, and vulnerable children by increasing the core social protection investment from 0.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product to at least 2 percent over the next 10 years.

4. To enhance the capacity of relevant Government institutions to increase availability and accessibility to high-quality, timely and reliable population and related data at national, county, and sub-county levels, disaggregated by income, gender, age, ethnicity, migratory status, disability and geographic location by 2030.

5. To harness the demographic dividend through investments in health and citizens wellbeing; education and skills training; employment creation and entrepreneurship; rights and governance and empowerment of young people by 2022 as outlined in Kenya’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap.

6. To attain universal basic education by ensuring 100 percent transition of pupils, including those with special needs and disabilities, from early learning to secondary education. And in addition, the country will enhance the quality of basic education by fully implementing our Competency-Based Curriculum.

7. To improve the employability and life-skills of our young people by enhancing quality and relevance of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in partnership with industries and private sector.

8. Fully implement the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) so that learners are equipped with relevant competencies and skills from an early stage for sustainable development by 2030.

9. To eliminate Female Genital Mutilation by 2022. In addition, the country will eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and harmful practices by 2030 through the strengthening of coordination mechanisms and addressing socio-cultural norms that propagate these practices.

10. To ensure universal access to quality reproductive health services, including prevention and management of Gender Based Violence in humanitarian and fragile contexts by 2030.

11. To track and monitor the implementation of the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit commitments through the National Council for Population and Development in the State Department for Planning; provided that the commitments are in keeping with Kenya’s Constitution, socio-cultural values and national ethos.

Ladies and Gentlemen, these are my Kenya’s commitment to accelerate the promises made in Cairo 25 years ago.

Thank you.

HIS EXCELLENCY, HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES

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