‘We need concerted effort to address Climate Change’ – Kamuntu

The Minister of Water and Environment, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, has called for a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to counter the effects of climate change.


Kamuntu, who was meeting Uganda’s delegation to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France, on Monday, December 7, 2015 said that despite Uganda contributing only 0.09% of greenhouse emissions to the atmosphere, the country had suffered from adverse effects of weather changes like the mudslides in Bududa, where lives were lost and property destroyed.

“No value can be put on the number of Ugandans buried in Bududa. That was the result of global warming that we did not cause,” said Hon. Kamuntu.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference is being held in Le Bourget, France.

Uganda’s delegation is composed of Members of Parliament and officials from the Ministry of Water and Environment; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; Ministry of Agriculture, Animals Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development; and Ministry of Health.

Other agencies on the delegation are from National Environmental Management Authority; National Planning Authority; Uganda Wildlife Authority; Rural Electrification Agency; Uganda National Meteorological Authority and others.

The Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Cecilia Atim-Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo district), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water, Mr. David Obongo and Uganda’s Ambassador to Paris, H.E. Niumisha J. Madvani attended the meeting.

Minister Kamuntu said that government is faced with the challenge of allocating funds to manage climate change related disasters, which it would be allocating to other sectors for development.

“I hope we come up with a legally binding global agreement to limit greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere; with funds to implement it especially among developing countries, which don’t have the means to protect their people from disasters,” he said.

Kitgum Woman MP, Hon. Beatrice Anywar said leaders would be held responsible if they fail to help their people cope with effects of climate change.

“We are here to network against effects of climate change. We have to find solutions to help our country,” Hon. Anywar said.

“If we fail to help our people mitigate the effects of climate change, we as leaders, will be held responsible,” she added.

Source: parliamentary news