In the Parliament sitting of Tuesday 27th April 2021, Chaired by Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the House considered and passed the Climate Change Bill, 2020 with amendments.
Among other things, the law will give the force of the law in Uganda to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement; provide for institutional arrangements for coordinating and implementing climate change response measures. The law comes into place to address the gaps in the legal framework governing climate change. The law requires all the government sectors to prioritise the issues of climate change in planning and development.
The State Minister for Environment, Beatrice Anywar, proposed that the funds for the environment and climate change be ring-fenced so that they do their work effectively. However, this proposal was not considered since the Bill had reached a Committee stage in Parliament and should have come at an early stage.
Members appreciated the Minister for Environment for bringing the bill and the Chairperson for the Committee on Climate Change and the Members for considering the bill. Hon. Nsereko Muhammad indicated that the Climate Change Bill had come at the right time and asked members to pass it so that it addresses the issues of climate change in Uganda. House considered and passed the bill at 3rd reading with some amendments.
Hon Beatrice Anywar called upon all government agencies and the other key stakeholders to support the implementation of the law. The law now awaits the Presidential assent.