NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Monday marked the World Habitat Day in
the capital of Nairobi with national leaders, multilateral
partners and green advocates reaffirming support for improved
solid waste management in order to hasten revitalization of
cities and towns.
Uhuru Kenyatta attended the event to mark the 2018 World Habitat
Day whose theme was “Municipal Solid Waste Management”.
management poses one of the greatest challenges of our time in a
rapidly urbanizing world. We must take urgent action,” Kenyatta
Kenya co-hosted this
year’s World Habitat Day with Indonesia amid call for concerted
efforts to improve management of solid waste in cities and rural
his government’s commitment to promote sustainable waste
management to tackle a pollution crisis in urban centers and
create green jobs for the youth.
“We are looking at
innovative ways to sustainably reduce waste and make our cities
green, resilient and prosperous,” said Kenyatta, adding that
sustainable management of solid waste dovetails with his Big
Four Agenda on housing.
The Kenyan leader
revealed that the 500,000 housing units the government intends
to develop by 2022 will be installed with infrastructure and
sanitary facilities to boost waste management at household
Maimunah Mohd Sharif,
the executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements
Program (UN-HABITAT), said robust policies, adoption of new
technologies and innovations as well as public awareness is key
to boost solid waste management in Kenya.
Kenya is among
countries grappling with mounting challenge of solid waste
pollution thanks to rapid industrialization and changing
Kenya’s cabinet secretary for urban development and public
works, said both the central and county governments have
prioritized sustainable waste management in their development
“There is need to
address solid waste management at household level and in the
manufacturing sector to achieve the urban renewal agenda in the
country,” said Macharia.
He added that
tackling waste pollution in Kenyan cities and towns is in line
with the government’s quest to tackle poverty, communicable
diseases and youth unemployment.