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  • Writer's pictureIvan Muguya

Climate change is real | Uganda hosted 2021 Africa Climate Week:

Hon. Beatrice Anywar, Minister of State for Environment, Uganda.

This year's Africa Climate Week took place virtually from September 26 and 29, 2021, in anticipation of the United Nations 26th Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26). The Ugandan government organized the event in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN and multinational organizations.

Leaders in attendance offered more substantial support for climate change efforts to mitigate the world's and Africa's environmental crises. They were also conscious of the necessity of dealing with the environmental crisis, so they invited everyone to join in their solution.

The virtual event was planned in partnership with both international partners, namely the UNDP, UNEP, and the World Bank Group, and was supported by the regional African Union, the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

This year's areas of attention included the following.

  1. UNDP's presentation of integrating ambitious action in critical economic areas into national planning considerations

  2. The World Bank's presentation of Adapting to Climate Risks and Building Resilience

  3. Capitalizing on the transformational potential to place the region on a low-emission and highly resilient development path given by the United Nations Environment Programme.

“Winning the war against climate change requires global solidarity. Climate Change effects have taken the globe by storm. This has been evident with the existing floods and drought that we have been witnessing. We are here to share what has worked for us but also learn from other countries because this is a war we can't fight alone as a developing country. Together with partners, we are critically looking at how we can build capacity toward climate change mitigation and adaptation.”_ Hon. Beatrice Anywar, Uganda’s Minister of State for Environment

Climate change is happening right now; it is the most pressing threat to our entire species, and we must act together and stop delaying.

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