The Government of Uganda has released its first strategy to deliver on commitments under the Paris Agreement, known as the ‘Uganda Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Partnership Plan’, which aims at combating climate change.
According to the plan, Uganda seeks to mainstream climate resilience across sectors and develop early warning systems and robust monitoring systems by 2020, much earlier than originally planned.
“To reduce its impact on climate change, Uganda has committed to reducing its emissions by 22% come 2030, with actions focused in energy, forestry, and wetlands.” the plan reads in part.
Launching the master plan, the first Deputy Prime Minister General Mosese Ali assured the development partners that Government of Uganda is committed to ensure that climate change is mitigated due to its devastating impacts to the country’s economy.
“We shall ensure that all the action plans in the NCD are implemented. What we need is a strong collaboration between Government and the Development partners .The strong relationship will enable government to Mobilize resources to fund the various action in the NCD master plan,” He said.
Uganda’s commissioner in charge of Climate Change Chebet Maikut said Uganda recognizes the importance of mitigating climate change.
“Uganda recognizes the importance of fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Agreement, while at the same time welcoming the support of development partners in pushing Uganda’s climate agenda forward. To this end, to the development partners and the NDC Partnership that have pledged support to Uganda’s climate ambitions,” he said.
In the Agriculture sector, UNDP will support Uganda to scale up climate smart agriculture in eastern Uganda with support from the European Union (EU) through Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa among other Interventions.
The UNDP Country Representative to Uganda Ms. Rosa Malango disclosed that UNDP will focus on supporting integrated waste management and biogas production for energy with financing from Global Environment Facility.
“I am therefore pleased to confirm that through these initiatives and others under development, UNDP pledges $32,819,689 for the period of 2018/2020 to support efforts towards achieving our Nationally Determined Contributions,” she said.
The five priority areas for Uganda identified by the government in its UNDC partnership plan include: strengthened operational and gender-responsive policy , institutional frameworks for the effective governance of climate change, increased climate financing for planning and budgeting on the national and local levels and effective and institutionalized measurement.
In addition, the government will focus on Strengthened capacity of government officials, civil society, the private sector and academia to effectively integrate NDC and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitments with a gender lens into existing and future programs and accelerated project financing for NDC implementation.
The plan also identified 49 activities for the next three years which included; enacting a legal framework for climate action, developing a project pipeline of investment-ready projects for funding across priority sectors, establishing and strengthening national climate change funding mechanisms, among others.
The Governments of Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria, the European Union, United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Development Bank, and the World Bank are some of the partners that have pledged support to the body.