Uhuru becomes first Kenyan president to visit Portugal

He will preside over UN Ocean Conference.

In Summary

• The head of state has gone to preside over the high-level opening plenary session of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya.

• He is recognized as the first Kenyan commander in chief to visit Portugal.

President Uhuru Kenyatta among other top officials in Lisbon for the 2022 UN Ocean Conference June 27, 2022.
President Uhuru Kenyatta among other top officials in Lisbon for the 2022 UN Ocean Conference June 27, 2022.
Image: PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has headed for the Altice Arena in central Lisbon, Portugal, on Monday.

The head of state has gone to preside over the high-level opening plenary session of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya.

"The President, who arrived in Lisbon on Monday morning, co-chaired the opening plenary session of the 5-day conference with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and UN Secretary-General António Guterres," State House of Kenya spokesperson has said.

Uhuru was formally received and recognized as the first Kenyan commander in chief to visit Portugal where he is expected to chair a special meeting.

The second United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Portugal counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and UN Secretary General António Guterres in Libson.
The second United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Portugal counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and UN Secretary General António Guterres in Libson.
Image: PSCU

Kenya and Portugal were declared to be hosts for the congress after the 2017 inaugural UN Ocean Conference hosted by Fiji and Sweden that took place in New York.

The main theme of the conference is "Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions," as indicated by the State House spokesperson. 

 This is to speed up the adoption of science-based innovation to solve challenges facing oceans and the global marine ecosystem.

The second United Nations Ocean Conference is exploring the opportunities for the ocean economy.

This is to contribute more to sustainable post-Covid-19 recovery for all the countries under the same theme.


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