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The Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wildlife (CMS) have elected Dr Barirega Akankwasa as the new Vice President.
Dr Akankwasa is the acting Commissioner for Wildlife Conservation in the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities in Uganda.
He was elected to the UN body during the 13th meeting of the conference of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals in Gandhinagar, India.
He will deputize the Hon Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India.
“I am happy the world recognizes Uganda’s success in conservation. The International recognition of Uganda to steer global UN frameworks is a vote of confidence in the conservation efforts” he said.
Akankwasa will hold the position for the next three years.
The body is an environmental treaty of UN that provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and habitats.
It also acts as a framework convention and evaluates the impacts of climate change on a range of focal species and ecosystems with a view to helping species adapt to warming world.