NAIROBI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to hasten efforts for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Kenyatta in a recorded video address to a side meeting on SDGs convened by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the ongoing 76th Session of the UN General Assembly said Kenya had made commendable progress towards the attainment of the SDGs.
He reiterated Kenya's commitment to SDGs, saying the country will not lose momentum on the subject.
"I want today to reaffirm Kenya's commitment to the SDGs, and to ensure that we maintain the implementation momentum that we started with," Kenyatta said according to a statement issued in Nairobi by the presidency after the meeting.
According to the Kenyan leader, despite the socio-economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenya had made good progress in education, gender, and climate change, among other SDG sectors.
He said Kenya's push toward attaining food and nutrition security was being held by climate change among other salient factors.
Kenyatta said Kenya had embarked on an aggressive afforestation program, and development of its renewable energy resources as part of its broad climate change mitigation strategy.
He said Kenya had taken steps to promote sustainable cities and human settlements by implementing affordable housing programs so as to end the expansion of informal settlements.
The president called for greater international solidarity in post-COVID-19 recovery.
He said two voluntary reporting assessments undertaken by Kenya had returned positive results, adding that the country's 2016 SDG roadmap had been fully integrated into the national development agenda.
Kenyatta said Kenya had prioritized SDG sectors with the highest socio-economic impact as outlined in the country's development blueprint.
He said his administration has sharpened the economic policy by prioritizing action in sectors with the greatest multiplier effect on the economy, namely affordable housing, manufacturing, universal health coverage, and food security and nutrition.