Uganda signs the Paris Agreement
In Uganda, France, through the French Global Environment Facility, and the European Union are funding a 1 69 427 € project for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Rwenzori mountains national park.
Uganda is among the first 175 countries to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change in New York on 22nd April 2016.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, reaffirmed Uganda’s commitment to implementing the various measures and actions spelt out in the Agreement.
The Ugandan Premier who was accompanied by the Minister of Water and Environment Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, informed the meeting that climate change features among the priorities of the government in the next 5 years and that measures to address the effects of climate change have been integrated in the country’s Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan 2015-2020.
In order to ensure effective implementation of the Paris accord, Dr Rugunda urged developed countries to offer technical and financial support to African countries as envisaged in the Agreement and in the Addis-Ababa Action Agenda on financing climate change.
In Uganda, France, through the French Global Environment Facility, and the European Union are funding a 1 69 427 € project for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Rwenzori mountains national park. This initiative aims at protecting the ecosystems threatened by population pressures and erosion that affect all those who depend on this natural space.
World leaders call for urgent action for climate
In New York, the French President, François Hollande, was the first Head of State to append his signature on the Paris Agreement. He underscored the urgent need to translate commitments into actions.
“Our declarations” should become actions because since the conclusion of this agreement on December12, 2015, the urgency remains,” he declared, while pointing out that the months that have just ended have been the hottest in the last one hundred years.
“We must move fast, even faster,” he insisted.
For the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, "a race against time has begun."
The Paris agreement remains open to signature by the 195 countries that negotiated it.