Uganda prepares for COP20 in Peru

Nov 17, 2014

Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu (with black and red tie) poses with some of the members of Uganda’s team to COP20 during the National Climate Change Forum held in Kampala.

Kampala - Uganda is in the final preparation stage for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) to be held in Lima, Peru later this year.

This was revealed during the 10th National Climate Change Forum organised by Climate Change Department, Ministry of Water and Environment which is the Uganda focal point on climate change.

“The team representing Uganda should articulate the key negotiation issues highlighted in this forum before the conference delegates in Lima so that our demands as a country are clearly met,” said Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment in his opening remarks during the preparation meeting for COP20.

Speaking on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, Mr. Frederik Tue Staun said that Uganda’s registration of its National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) with the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an example of how it can take leadership and announce ambitious national climate change mitigation targets that will influence other parties to do the same during the COP20.

NAMAs are considered as viable options to reduce the diverse effects of climate change. Eight NAMAs out of a long list of 40 NAMAs were identified as priority actions for Uganda’s mitigation action on climate change.The eight prioritised NAMAs for Uganda focus on the Agricultural, energy, transport and waster sectors.

He added that Uganda is expected to play a key role in pushing the developed countries during the COP20 to come up with commitments regarding the Green Climate Fund and also with pledges to reduce Green House gas (GHG) emissions that are becoming a threat to our environment.

“It is every country’s responsibility to honour the agreements that will be reached during COP20 to ensure that the effect of climate change is addressed,” noted Dr.Axel Klaphake, the Country Director for GIZ Uganda.

The meeting attracted Members of Parliament, representatives from different ministries, civil society organisations, private sector and different academia focused on highlighting key negotiation issues arising from Africa Group of Negotiators, Least Developed Countries and the Bonn sessions while identifying where challenges remain moving forward in order to shape the Country’s position during the COP20.

This year’s COP20 will focus on climate change adaptation, mitigation, technology, capacity building, and financing mechanism commitments for developed countries as well as promotion of sustainable development for Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Uganda as a party to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol (KP) through its technical negotiators participates in these negotiations alongside the other negotiation blocs for the LDCs including African Group of Negotiators (AGN), Group of 77 under-developed countries (G77) and China. This is part of efforts to champion the African Voice on issues such as global emission cuts, green climate fund, work programme on long term financing and Climate Technology Centres Networks among others.

The Conference of Parties and the meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol, meet annually to review implementation of the convention, Kyoto Protocol and their decisions. The 2013 to 2015 review is critical in order to keep under regular review the adequacy of the 2oC global goal and will be considered for strengthening, including in relation to a proposed 1.5°C target. The Long-term Goal will be achieved through emission reduction targets by developed countries and nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries.

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