Hon. Cecilia Ogwal Delivers Keynote Speech On Climate Change Challenges At The University Of Reading
The event was opened by Sir David Bell KCB, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading. During the opening, Professor Rosalind Cornforth, Director, Walker Institute said that, this is to use their research to enable the development of climate-resilient societies, which are able to adapt in an uncertain, changing world.
Hon. Cecilia Ogwal said that Africa must be congratulated for demonstrating its commitments to deal with Climate Change challenges with or without the help from the Developed countries:
- African Union adopted African Common Position on Climate Change in July 2009.
- 2013 Africa unveiled Agenda 2063 when it celebrated its 50 years of existence. In that document AUC outlined what Africa plans to do to tackle the challenges of adaptation and mitigation.
- African Renewable Energy Initiative is committed to achieve tangible reduction of greenhouse emissions by 2020.
If Africa leapfrog to renewable energy systems, which supports low carbon development strategies, this approach will enhance economic and energy security not only in Africa but the entire world.
Ogwal urged developed countries to take of these unprecedented African driven initiatives and give full support them and begin to deal with Africa as equal partner.
Ogwal noted the two climate change disasters confronting Africa today were forced on Africa by the rich countries.
- Catastrophes devastating Africa and the world today were caused by emissions of greenhouse gases and global warming due to long period of industrialisation of developed countries such as US CHINA, UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia among others using fossil fuels energy.
- Africa is also confronted with yet another disaster forced on it but rich countries arising from illegal dumping of toxic wastes and illegal export of small arms and light weapons.
There are areas in Africa like Agboloshie Market in Ghana which has become the most toxic place on the planet earth, more toxic than Cher Nobel where there was nuclear explosion in 1986.
Ogwal advised that the easier way to deal with migration crisis and influx of refugees into Europe and USA is to stop making Africa a “graveyard for electronic waste” and to control illegal export of weapons to Africa which are ultimately used to drive conflicts.
Ogwal concluded by saying the world needs Legal Framework to put in place mechanism for enforcing and monitoring implementation of the terms and conditions of the agreements reached at COP Meetings.
The world needs Africa now more than before because trees are the lungs of the planet. Africa with vast land can be persuaded and motivated to plant more trees in exchange for payments that make economic sense.
Ogwal lobbied the British investors to take interests in a Kiiza solar vehicles, if indeed the world must shift from fossil fuels to clean energy.
The meeting was attended by Daniel Nsaba Buturo, Midlands Ambassador for the Uganda Convention-UK and Mr. Godfrey Kwoba, a Senior Officer at the Uganda High Commission in UK.