UNDP Country Director’s remarks at the NAMA validation and prioritisation workshop for the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project

22 May 2013

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Environment,
Representative of European Union Delegation in Uganda,
The Coordinator Climate Change Unit, Ministry of Water and Environment,
Representatives of Government Agencies
Representatives of Civil Society
Representatives of Private Sector
Media houses present,
Fellow colleagues from UNDP,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of UNDP and development partners to the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project, I would like to thank Government and in particular the Ministry of Water and Environment for organising this important workshop and giving us an opportunity to make opening remarks.

Since the inception of the project in Feb 2013, tremendous progress has been made including NAMA training workshop facilitated by LECB Project Support team from UNDP Headquarters, the first project board and recruitment of project consultants to support the task teams.

Although project-start delayed by 12 months, I am pleased to see that Uganda has caught up with the rest of the countries. To this end, I would like to extend my appreciation to the Ministry of Water and Environment and in particular the leadership of the Permanent Secretary’s office for the able leadership that has made it possible to fast track project implementation.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world’s environment, society and economy today. Its impacts are already evident across the globe. Uganda is highly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change as evident from the devastation caused by the landslides of Bududa among other increasing weather and climate related disasters.

The need and importance of taking appropriate mitigation actions in addition to increasing resilience of our communities to climate change variability is more pertinent now than ever. Since 2007, Uganda has focused on mitigation and adaptation interventions in Northern and Eastern Part of Uganda. However, the recent developments in Rwenzori Mountains region demonstrate the importance of interventions to mitigate climate change in the mountainous ecosystems of Uganda.

The National Development Plan (NDP) 2010-2014 has an objective to promote Low Carbon Economic Development Path. The United Nations System contributes to the NDP through the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which focuses on Joint Programming for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. As part of its support to these efforts, UNDP is supporting several ongoing and new climate change related projects under its Country Programme Action Plan.

The LECB project and other related climate change initiatives by government demonstrate the importance of mitigation in addressing climate change impacts. Other initiatives supported by UNDP include Ecosystem Based Approach to climate change in Mt. Elgon Ecosystem and Territorial Approach to climate change in Mbale region; improving policies and strategies for environment and climate risk management, Strengthening environment, natural resources and climate change; Strengthening enabling environment for sustainable land management, strengthening climate information and early warning system for disaster risk reduction, Addressing barriers for adoption of sustainable charcoal production technologies.

UNDP notes with appreciation the concerted government efforts towards, tree planting and protection of wetlands and forests which are critical in mitigating climate change effects and achieving sustainable energy for all objectives. The Government’s development agenda and her planned inclusive and environmentally sustainable development will help accelerate progress towards achievement of Uganda's Vision 2040.

I am informed that the main purpose of this workshop is to validate and priorities the long-list of NAMAs for energy, transport, waste and agriculture sectors. I am also informed that the long-list of NAMA this workshop will consider were identified by government with support from the African Development Bank. I would like to recognise and appreciate the coordination efforts by Climate Change Unit is ensuring that there is no duplication of efforts by development partners.

Once again, let me extend my appreciation to all of us for prioritising this workshop and believe the coming two days will concretise NAMAs that can be developed under this project.

I would like to reaffirm UNDP commitment to UNDP to work with you and the Government in support of Uganda’s national development priorities to improve the well-being of the people and addressing climate change challenges.

Thank you for listening