The 2021 Devolution Conference which was postponed in August will now be held between November 23 and 26 in Makueni County.
The Council of Governors Chairman Martin Wambora has confirmed preparations are already in high gear as the steering committee currently holds meetings with partners to discuss partnership and modalities.
According to Wambora, all conference participants have to be fully vaccinated.
“We received a letter of clearance from Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe with specific requests which we shall ensure we adhere to, to the letter,” he said.
More than 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the conference that will be held at Makueni Boys School in Wote.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Level Governance for Climate Action, sub-national mobilization in unlocking the full potential of climate action in the post-COVID-19 era.”
Charles Keter who is the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution on his part said the conference is very timely as it comes immediately after the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) which makes Kenya the first country in the world to host a conference on climate change after the Glasgow Conference adding that the commitments made during the conference will build the conversation.
Keter in addition said that the conference is very important as it will enable the country to take stoke of achievements after 10 years of devolution while forging a way forward where challenges were presented.
The two-week COP26 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is being held in Glasgow and will end on Friday.
The meeting has brought together Heads of State and representatives of government from 200 countries.
According to Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who is also the Council of Governors (COG) vice-chairperson, the CoG will meet various stakeholders Thursday to discuss the possibility of compensating traders who suffered a loss two times the conference was postponed due to Covid-19.
The Tourism Department in Makueni said it had made arrangements for additional accommodation.
Area Governor Kivutha Kibwana called on residents to give their views on climate change and suggest resilience-building actions.