Uganda joins the world leaders summit on climate change in Glasgow. President Yoweri Museveni has called for urgent measures to avert the climate change crisis the World is currently facing.
In a statement submitted to the ongoing World Leaders Summit during the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) on Climate Change in Glasgow, UK, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni highlighted a number of “irresponsible and sometimes greedy human actions” that have led to damaging the environment.
He cited the depletion of forests, wetlands as well as the role of big emitters of greenhouse gases among the factors exacerbating the problem.
President Museveni underscored the link between socio-economic transformation and environmental protection noting, that “If you conserve under-development, you should forget about conserving the environment… Therefore, let the world banish greed, ignorance, irresponsibility and rebelliousness, save our planet and use our greater knowledge to ensure affluence for all the people of the world”.
He called for a correct balance in sustainable use of natural resources.
The main objective of COP26 Climate Change Conference which is scheduled from 31 October -12 November 2021 is to get commitments aimed at reducing emissions in order to keep global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius as agreed in the Paris Agreement of 2015 on Climate Change.
Uganda’s delegation is led by Beatrice Anywar the Minister of State for Environment.
Also participating is Jacob Oulanyah, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Alfred Okidi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Environment, Julius Peter Moto Uganda’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Adonia Ayebare Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Honourable Members of Parliament, Senior officials, representatives of NGOs, the private sector and civil society.