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Uganda To Host One Week Long Virtual Climate Change Week To Cut Costs

Uganda To Host One Week Long Virtual Climate Change Week To Cut Costs

Uganda will virtually host the 2021 Africa Climate Week from 27th to 29th September 2021, Minister of State for Environment, Beatrice Anywar has said.

According to her the virtual event will be hosted with support from United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the theme: “Partnering for transformation towards a low-carbon climate resilient and prosperous Africa: managing risks, seizing opportunities.”

Anywar  explained that this event was supposed to have taken place in person at Munyonyo Common Wealth Resort from March 9- 13, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

” Hosting this event gives a unique opportunity to bring governments, private sector and stakeholders to discuss regional climate change responses and boost tourism,” Anywar said.

“This event will among others raise our country profile, which could lead to long term economic benefits, whilst ultimately bringing innovative pathways for climate action in the region. It will also provide avenue for regional discussions on Climate Change through the Ministerial Segment,” she added.

Anywar stressed that said virtual week-long conference will be cheaper compared physical event where it estimated to cost about Shs6.5billion. “Government of Uganda was expected to mobilize approximately Shs2.7billion to cater for logistical arrangements, while the rest of the budget was to be funded by UNFCCC,” Anywar explained.

The event before its postponement was expected to host between 1000-1500 guests including foreign Ministers of Environment and other high level dignitaries.

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Ms. Patricia Espinosa was expected to attend alongside other UN members.

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