ENTEBBE- Climate change negotiators from eastern Africa and Senegal have gathered in Entebbe to scrutinise the Paris Agreement before the global treaty enters into force on November 4, this year, according to The Daily Monitor.
The Paris Agreement, which Uganda has ratified, was reached at during the UN climate conference (COP21) in France last December, with signatories committing to reduce emissions and keep annual global temperature rise below 2 degrees centigrade.
The parties also agreed to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with climate change impact and funding of climate change activities to a tune of $100 billion (Shs342.8 trillion) by 2020.
Countries, according to the agreement, are also mandated to submit updated climate plans, called nationally-determined contributions or NDCs, every five years.
At the Monday meeting in Entebbe, Senegal’s El Hadji Mbaye Diagne said they are exploring how to help African countries better understand and implement the Paris Agreement without hurting development initiatives in individual countries.
“African countries have already taken some commitments in nationally-determined contributions in Paris; so, they have to see how they will implement those contributions in line with their development priorities,” he said.
“We have to bear in mind that first priority is to improve the wellbeing of our population. Doing so and at the same time reducing emissions will be the best for the future,” he added.
Developed nations top the global list of emitters of greenhouse gases, although poorer countries that emit less have the least means to cope with adverse impacts of climate change.
The two- day meeting will enhance the technical capacity of negotiators from the EAC member states and Ethiopia on climate change negotiations. It will also enable them to actively and effectively participate in international climate change processes, and positively influence the outcomes of the negotiations.
This meeting builds on last year’s Pre-COP workshop and seeks to deliver further support.