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Kenya marks Habitat Day amid call for
sustainable solid waste management

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.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the event to mark the 2018 World Habitat Day whose theme was “Municipal Solid Waste Management”.

“Solid waste management poses one of the greatest challenges of our time in a rapidly urbanizing world. We must take urgent action,” Kenyatta said.

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 towns.

Kenyatta reiterated 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 level.

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 consumer preferences.

James Macharia, 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 plans.

“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.



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