Uganda becomes first country in Africa to sign the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Partnership Plan

Jun 26, 2018

Ms. Rosa Malango the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative (centre) signs Uganda's NDC Partnership Plan on behalf of UNDP Uganda during the high level event on Uganda's Climate plans & ambitions. With her is H.E Per Lindgärde, Sweden’s Ambassador to Uganda (Photo credit: UNDP Uganda 2018).

Kampala, 26 June 2018 - Today, Uganda became the first country in Africa to sign the Partnership Plan for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieve national climate goals as part of its obligations to the Paris Agreement.

NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Agreement to achieve climate change and embody efforts by each signatory country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Uganda’s NDC Partnership Plan was signed by officials from Government, development partners, and civil society to carry forward specific actions in the Plan to achieve the country's commitment to a green economy, sustainable development, and a low carbon future.

“The Plan we’re launching today is important because Uganda remains vulnerable to increasing climate variability risks. The increased frequency of severe weather events such as flooding and landslides continue to remind us that climate change is here and action is required now,” Ms. Rosa Malango, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative said during the event where she pledged USD $32m support on behalf of UNDP Uganda towards Uganda's Climate action.

She further stated that taking action on climate change will be key for building community resilience towards achieving Uganda’s Vison 2040 as well as Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly goal 13 on climate action.

Ms. Malango also applauded the Government for being among the first countries globally to design and submit its NDC action plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in 2016 and called for further action to ensure that through the new NDC plan, its implemented and meets its 22% mark up for reducing its Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and build resilience to climate change. 

“Addressing Uganda's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) is interlinked to addressing the challenges of disaster risk, climate change and sustainable development. Your support to Uganda's NDC Partnership Plan today is most welcome,” Hon. Moses Ali, the First Deputy Prime Minister said while launching the Plan.

He added that the Government of Uganda remains committed to addressing climate change; “Already we are revising the Disaster Preparedness & Management Policy (2011) and developing the legal framework for both climate change as well as disaster preparedness and management.”

The NDC Partnership Plan provides specific outputs to achieve the country's commitment to a green economy, sustainable development, and a low carbon future. The day to day implementation of the Plan will be carried out by the Ministry of Water and Environment with support from various development partners who will focus on specific interventions.

In this area, UNDP has already supported the Government to develop nationally appropriate mitigation actions in energy, agriculture, transport and waste sectors; institutionalise greenhouse gas inventory system as well as develop a green growth strategy. Additional support will be provided towards delivery of a gender responsive climate action through its ongoing programmes and various new initiatives in the energy, agriculture, water, and infrastructure sectors.

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