Speaker Urges Local Leaders on Climate Change
- November 22, 2016
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The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has appealed to local government leaders to take on a greater role in the fight against climate change.
Kadaga was speaking at the follow-up feedback workshop of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) COP22 Conference held in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016.
The Kamuli workshop representing feedback for the Eastern Region attracted Local Government leaders from the Busoga Sub region and was organised by the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change-Uganda (PFCC-U) and held at Century Hotel. This one of the initiatives supported by FAO in addition to supporting members to COP22 and the Northern Region Feedback session.
The COP22 was the 22nd Conference of Parties under the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held as a follow up to COP21 in Paris, France at which world leaders agreed on various measures to address the adverse effects of changing climate. In Paris, the leaders agreed on issues including greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.
The Speaker said there was need for the Local Government to mobilise people and resources possible to restore the environment through engaging in extensive reforestation and afforestation. The action included visitation at one of the Orange Sweet Potato seed Multiplier in Nawanyago S/c Of Kamuli. Also together with the Speaker, 17 Honorable members of the PFCC-U participated in official launch of tree planting for the region in the first season.
“The United Arab Emirates which is practically a desert is covered with green. These Arabs are using recycled water to support vegetation growth,” said Kadaga. “It is embarrassing for us with plenty of water to fail to take up forest growing initiatives.