Ugandan MPs sign petition on climate change

Ugandan legislators at the Pan African Parliament have signed a Petition calling on African leaders to push for favourable terms at the upcoming 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).

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COP21 is scheduled for Paris, France at the end of November 2015. The Conference has as its main objective to achieve an international legally binding agreement on climate; aiming at keeping global warming below 2 degrees.

It will attract hundreds of delegates from governments, UN agencies, civil society and other bodies.

MPs Hon. Onyango Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North), Hon. Sam Amooti Otada (Ind., Kibanda) and Hon. Hon. Elijah Okupa (FDC, Kasilo) signed the petition after the PAP plenary sitting on Friday, October 9th, 2015.

In the petition, which was also signed by other country representatives at PAP, legislators urged African leaders to commit to ambitious actions to reduce carbon emissions.

“We call on the governments of Africa and the world to stand with the people on the frontlines of the climate crisis, and in particular the vulnerable communities whose voices need to be heard,” reads part of the Petition drafted by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

Hon. Sam Otada said agreements from the Climate Conference should be binding and have the force of law such that countries do not ignore them.

“The issue of climate change cannot be over emphasized. Our position must be clear and simple: he who pollutes must pay,” he said.

The Alliance said that winning the fight against climate change starts with protecting the people whose lives and livelihoods are most at risk.

They called on negotiators to the COP21 to come up with an agreement that delivers climate actions at a level adequate to stop climate change and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.

The Alliance also called on African governments to commit new resources from national budgets for investment to help people adapt and build resilience for increased food security; prioritizing the needs of women food producers.

Robert Chimambo of PACJA said the signed petitions containing the views and positions of ordinary Africans will be forwarded to the African Union Chairperson, before the Conference starts.

The Pan African Parliament is meeting for the First Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament in Midrand, South Africa, Oct. 5 – 17, 2015.

Uganda’s other representatives to PAP are Hon. Jacquline Amongin (NRM, Ngora district) and Hon. Beatrice Barumba (NRM, Kiruhura district).

Source: Parliament News

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