H.E Stéphane Gompertz addresses climate change issues at Makerere University

Organised by the Embassy of France in Uganda, in partnership with Alliance Française Kampala and Makerere University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the conference provided a platform for rich discussions on how to approach the challenges brought about by climate change.

A conference debate entitled, “Let’s save the world together” was organized on 17th September 2015 at Makerere University in Kampala to coincide with the visit of H. E Stéphane Gompertz, French climate Ambassador for Africa and the Middle East.

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Organised by the Embassy of France in Uganda, in partnership with Alliance Française Kampala and Makerere University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the conference provided a platform for rich discussions on how to approach the challenges brought about by climate change.

Less than 70 days to the 21st conference of the parties to the UN convention on climate change (COP21), due in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015, Mr. Gompertz addressed more than 250 guests in an Amphitheatre of Makerere University, in the presence of Ms. Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France to Uganda, and Mr. Bob Natifu, an expert at the Climate change unit of the Ministry of Water and Environment. The audience included students, researchers, representatives of the civil society and some members of the diplomatic community.

The climate Ambassador for Africa and the Middle East emphasized the importance of the Paris alliance and its major objective of reaching a universal legally binding agreement in December. France as the incoming chair of COP21 is playing its role of facilitator, supporting States parties in the elaboration of their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Uganda is benefiting from French technical expertise in this regard. The INDCs target both mitigation and adaptation measures against greenhouse gas emission. Ambassador Gompertz emphasized the importance of submitting the national positions on time as they will have to be reflected on the final COP21 document. He concluded by saying that the participation of every actor, government and NGOs, was necessary in the fight against climate change and he was delighted to note presence and participation of many young people in the debate.

Mr. Bob Natifu on his part shared Uganda’s current policy on climate change. He announced that Uganda is targeting a 22% reduction of its greenhouse gas emission by 2030, although it can only fund about one third of the proposed measures through the national budget. Uganda intends to summit its INDCs to the UNFCCC secretariat by 1st October.

Read Mr. Gompertzs article published in the Independent magazine.

For information about COP21 :

http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

Dernière modification : 12/10/2016

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