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Uganda’s Commitment to Climate Action: Reflections on COP28 Resolutions

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  • The meeting brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Finance, Water and Environment, as well as CSOs like Action Aid International Uganda and PELUM Association, to assess the progress of COP28 resolutions and address barriers to their successful implementation.
  • Munduru, Head of Programs and Fundraising at Action Aid International Uganda, emphasized the importance of the Post COP28 evaluation meeting held at Hilton Hotel in Kampala.

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KAMPALA – Representatives from various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Government of Uganda have reaffirmed their dedication to implement and monitor the resolutions made during COP28.

Addressing participants on Monday, Mercy G. Munduru, Head of Programs and Fundraising at Action Aid International Uganda, emphasized the importance of the Post COP28 evaluation meeting held at Hilton Hotel in Kampala. The meeting brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Finance, Water and Environment, as well as CSOs like Action Aid International Uganda and PELUM Association, to assess the progress of COP28 resolutions and address barriers to their successful implementation.

Munduru expressed gratitude for the timely gathering of partners, highlighting the missed opportunities for coordination during COP28 itself.

She clarified that the meeting in Kampala aimed not at reviewing COP28 outcomes but at strategizing collaboration between the government and partners.

Munduru also noted a shift in perception regarding climate issues, spurred by recent events such as rapid floods, prompting more meaningful conversations among stakeholders.

Bob Natif, Assistant Commissioner at the Ministry of Water and Environment, stressed the necessity for developed countries to financially support developing nations in adapting to climate change. He highlighted the World Bank’s criteria for funding projects, emphasizing the importance of considering climate change impacts in all development endeavors.

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Anthony Wolimbwa, National Coordinator for Climate Action Network Uganda, advocated for the adoption of agroecology farming practices in Africa, citing their environmental friendliness and affordability for smallholder farmers.

Wolimbwa contrasted agroecology with smart agriculture, which often relies on fossil-based fertilizers and seeds, limiting farmers’ control and contributing to emissions.

COP28, notable for its stringent resolutions, aimed at shifting away from fossil fuels, tripling global renewable energy capacity, and doubling energy efficiency improvements by 2030. Other resolutions included phasing down unabated coal, accelerating efforts towards net-zero emissions energy systems, and promoting low emissions technologies.

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