By; Charles Katabalwa
The State Minister for Environment Dr. Mary Kitutu Kimono has called upon Civil Society Organizations to expeditiously act fast in the implementation of the Paris agreement to address worrying climate change conditions that threaten national development desired to lead Uganda to middle income status.
Paris climate agreement, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.
Officiating at the POST COP22 reflection meeting, Kimono admits that Uganda experiences climate change but its due to failure to translate the commitments and aspirations from global and national meetings by both government and CSOs.
However, Hanifah Kawooya a member of the natural resources committee of parliament encourages Ugandan and African representatives to stand firm against intimidation from developed countries whenever they are in climate change meetings.
But the National Coordinator for Climate Change Action Network Uganda (CCANU), Anthony Walimbwa expresses worries over the withdrawal of USA from the Paris agreement since it was among the biggest funders to issues of climate change mitigation and now tasks government to show where it will be getting funds to finance climate change mitigation in the country.
Meanwhile, the country prepares for host the Bonn 2017 COP slated November this year in Kampala.