Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has proficiently represented Uganda at the Climate Chance Summit organized by the Covenant of Mayors in Sub Saharan Africa (CoMSSA) in Accra, Ghana where the City Kampala; was presented as one of the cities that was pursuing decentralized cooperation to enhance action on climate change.
During his submission, the Lord Mayor re-asserted KCCA’s commitment to the ideals of the Paris Agreement; UN Framework Convention on Climate Change which we ratified in 1993, Abidjan Declaration adopted by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa Climate Task force in 2018, among others.
He expressed gratitude to the European Union for facilitating the process that helped Kampala develop the Kampala Climate Change Action Plan 2016, which is the flagship program for the City to achieve its sustainability agenda in line with Sustainable Development Goals no.11 which is focusing on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable together with SDG No.13; a call to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
He further highlighted the city’s five year roadmap; outlining current stakes, vision to be achieved and action to be undertaken in regards to the key targets of aforesaid climate action strategy, viz; short and long-term adaptation of the city to climate change impacts, charting a low emissions development path for the City, with an ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 22% from the “business as usual” scenario and transforming the threat of climate change into an opportunity.
Lukwago registered appreciation of some significant progress made towards addressing climate challenges on the African Continent under the framework of CoMSSA where Kampala was chosen amongst the pilot cities. The actions undertaken by Kampala under this pilot program inter-alia include exploring ways of ensuring that access to clean energy under Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAPS), developing a Kampala Energy and Climate Profile, conducting a needs assessment adopting a participatory approach, initiating a process of developing and adopting climate smart policies etc. He underscored the need for National Governments going beyond mere rhetoric and committing more resources towards the climate change agenda, especially at subnational level.
He concluded by particularly thanking International Agencies and Platforms like the Council of European Municipalities, UCLG, Climate Alliance and Climate Chance who have spearhead efforts to twin cities on the climate agenda. Currently, Kampala is in advanced stages of cementing a City-to-City collaboration with a German City of Karlsruhe with a commitment to support the plan for sustainable mobility, city landscape planning as well as innovation and research.
“We are also collaborating with the City of Strousberg to support our green infrastructure agenda,” said the Office of the Lord Mayor.