The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, on Friday 18th September 2015, met the Ambassador for Climate in Africa and Middle East from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in France, Mr. Stephane Gompertz.
H.E. Gompertz, requested for the support and participation of Uganda in the upcoming 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to be held in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015.
Gompertz said the target of the Conference is to limit the rise of global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the Century; because of the effects of climate change being felt in Uganda in terms of floods and dry spells as well other countries.
“Member states are urged to come up with an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) which summarizes the country’s intentions regarding the fight against climate change. This would cater for mitigation of Greenhouse Gases; while the other is adaption to help people cope with the consequences in Climate Change,” he said.
He expressed his appreciation to Parliament for the work done in mounting pressure on the government in the fight against Climate Change.
He further requested that Uganda’s contribution should be ready by the beginning of October 2015. “Uganda’s support is needed to review these contributions and see that they are implemented,” he said.
The Speaker promised that the issue will be debated in the house when it next convenes. “We shall push our contribution to the President and select a team of Parliamentarians to attend the Convention,” Rt. Hon. Kadaga said.
She added that they would also push for the implementation of the national tree-planting project that was initiated by the National Forestry Authority.
The Conference of Parties is held annually with the intention of reviewing the implementation of the Rio Convention at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The Convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of Greenhouse Gases.