Ugandans, French and other Nationals on December 12 celebrated French 3rd anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change which saw different embassies being awarded at the French Embassy residence in Nakasero, Kampala.
The agreement’s main aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius, strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.
Speaking at the event, Clement Moutel, the First Councilor to the French Ambassador in Uganda revealed that out of the 181 parties that submitted their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Uganda and France are part of the list.
“For the time being, 181 Parties have submitted their first NDCs and I am proud to say that France and Uganda are included. In submitting its NDC, Uganda has stressed that the lively of people is highly dependent on the exploitation of her Natural Resources, including Climate,” revealed Moutel.
France has been working with KCCA Since 2014 and since then, the two have come up with the idea of Diplo for climate competitions, first of its kind which saw six Missions taking part in the competitions among which include the British High Commission, Kenyan High Commission, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of France, embassy of Sweden, and the Royal Dutch Embassy.
While presiding over the awarding ceremony, KCCA’s Edison Masereka said that Diplo for climate’s primary objective is show commitment towards Paris Agreement.
The main reason we started this challenge is to show our commitment towards the Paris Agreement to which Uganda is part of. It is clearly seen lively in Kampala since we have been able to plant over 320 species around the City,” said Masereka.
Masereka also revealed that the competition started in April and ended in November 2018.
The Diplo for Climate kickstarted in April and was conclude in November 2018 with the Jury considering the best innovative ideas which are simple to implement,” added Masereka.
The top 3 the winners of Diplo for Climate competition 2018 include;
Embassy of France emerged 2nd runner ups with Diplo green award, United Nations Development Program Uganda Country office (UNDP)1st Runner up with silver award and Embassy of Sweden was crowned overall with a gold award.