Uganda Pavilion at COP28UAE Marks United Front Against Climate Change

The launch of Uganda’s Pavilion at COP28UAE, held at the Dubai Expo 2020 centre, marked a significant stride in global climate action. The event, presided over by Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, witnessed the presence of H.E. Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, representing the UAE Government and various Ugandan dignitaries.

Dr. Nankabirwa, in her capacity representing Uganda’s Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, expressed Uganda’s unwavering commitment to combating climate change. “Our Pavilion is not just a structure but a symbol of our readiness to lead climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts,” she stated.

Highlighting Uganda’s legislative and policy strides, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions and Climate Change Act 2021, she reinforced the country’s dedication to a sustainable future. She further emphasized Uganda’s initiatives in combating climate change and its efforts to achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. “Our presence here at COP28 underscores our resolve to work towards a sustainable future, ensuring peace and prosperity for all by 2030,” Dr. Nankabirwa added.

In a show of solidarity and support, H.E. Sheikh Shakhboot, a Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Foreign Affairs Minister in the UAE government, lauded the solid bilateral relations between Uganda and the UAE. He acknowledged the significance of the Pavilion’s launch, remarking, “The UAE is proud to stand with Uganda in this global fight against climate change. Our shared goals for a sustainable future bind us together.”

Sheikh Shakhboot emphasized the UAE’s role in facilitating an inclusive, solutions-oriented COP28. He outlined key initiatives, including the Etihad 7 programs and the Africa Green Investment Initiative, which exemplify the UAE’s dedication to supporting renewable energy projects and climate action in Africa. “These initiatives are a testament to our belief that effective climate action requires just and equitable energy transitions, supported by robust climate finance,” he stated.

The Sheikh’s speech highlighted the urgency of this decade in addressing climate change, underscoring the COP28 conference as a crucial opportunity to advance global climate action. “We aim to build trust and restore confidence among all parties in the negotiations, ensuring that the goals of the Paris Agreement are met,” he added.

Key Ugandan entities, including the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Uganda National Oil Company, Uganda Investment Authority, the Electricity Regulatory Authority, and the Uganda Development Bank, among others, attended the launch.

The Uganda Pavilion at COP28UAE thus is a testament to the collaborative efforts of nations like Uganda and the UAE. It symbolizes a united front in the battle against climate change, highlighting the importance of international cooperation, policy action, and sustainable development for the well-being of future generations.