Uganda will host this year’s Africa Climate Week from March 9-13, 2020 with the Support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other Global Regional and National partners.
This was revealed by the newly appointed Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Beatrice Atim Anywar aka ‘Mama Mabira’ while addressing her first press conference at Uganda Media Centre Thursday.
Anywar said the Africa Climate Week (ACW) is a unique event where both government and non-Party stakeholders gather to address a range of relevant climate issues.
This happens under one umbrella and inspire individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris.
Over the years, the ACW has proven its worth by serving as a platform to bring together multiple and diverse stakeholders to accelerate and deliver on the implementation of climate action and ratchet-up ambition in this region.
The overarching theme of the Climate Weeks is ‘’Enhancing partnerships for low-emission and climate-resilient development’’.
She said the Africa Climate week will focus on key areas of Energy, Infrastructure, Transport, Water and Food security, including cross-cutting aspects on Governance, Policy, Finance and Mobilisation.
Hosting the Africa Climate Week is a unique opportunity to bring governments, private sector and other non-Party stakeholders to Uganda.
“It will raise our Country’s profile, leading to short and medium-term economic benefits, whilst ultimately bringing innovative pathways for climate action in the region and raise the profile of Africa’s specific climate change discussions through the High-level segment.”
She said it will also increase Uganda’s regional recognition by showcasing the region’s Climate related actions; Facilitate the understanding of climate change policies and negotiations; promote collaboration between several organizations (UN organisations, IGOs, civil society, and private sector) Engage youth leaders in climate action; secure worldwide media coverage through websites, social media, press releases, and live streaming that showcase the efforts taken by the country and the region to address climate change.
Additionally the Africa Climate Week 2020 will offer opportunities to participants to attend: High-level events for collaborative action, Workshops, side events, and exhibitions organized by both state and non-state actors; engage in dedicated sessions on technical discussions targeting the region’s most relevant transformative areas and engage with youth and civil society organizations and access opportunities to showcase their work.
“There are several ways organisations can get involved in and be part of the ACW. Applications for the different opportunities during the Africa Climate Week in Kampala should be submitted at the Regional Climate Weeks Website here: http://regionalclimateweeks.org.”