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.