Green Political Parties have called upon the East African Partner States to declare a climate emergency in the region. This was contained in a press statement titled: Petition for Climate Emergency Declaration and Electoral Reforms in East Africa’ issued August 31, 2019 in Nairobi.

Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP), SusWatch Kenya,TaTEDO and UCSD who are also members of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE-East Africa), have launched a three-
year project (2019 – 2022) to promote sustainable energy and climate action in East Africa.

The Bonn Climate Change Conference (held June 17-27 June) was expected to advance work on several issues to facilitate implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement, due for completion at the Santiago Climate Change Conference in December 2019.

The fiftieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will take place in Bonn from Monday 17 to Thursday 27 June 2019. According to Paul Watkinson - Chair of the SBSTA, despite the outputs of the many technical meetings held since 1995, the fact is that we remain far from stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

The 2030 Agenda calls for integrated and transformative policies to tackle development challenges. The promotion of more and better jobs is a central element that cuts across many of the Sustainable Development Goals with SDG 8 at its core.

A side event during the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) highlighted the global challenge of marine plastic litter and microplastics. UNEA4 was convened from 11 to 15 March 2019, under the theme; “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.”

Last month, Kikandwa Environment Association (KEA) a rural farmers’ organization, in partnership with Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development organized a one-day training workshop for farmers in Kasejjere and Nakwaya (Kikandwa Sub county). The workshop was also attended by the Kikandwa sub county speaker and his Deputy, the Agriculture officer, Local Councilors, and opinion leaders.

Uganda’s Lakes Albert and Kyoga, and River Nile have since 2013 been invaded by a new aquatic weed termed as the ‘Kariba Weed’ (Salvinia Molesta). The cover and spread of the Kariba weed has reached
alarming levels continuously affecting fish breeding and nursery grounds, water quality and quantity that in turn effect drinking water supply, hydro power generation, tourism and water transport.

After two weeks of climate change talks (COP24) in Katowice (Poland), officials from nearly 200 nations reached an agreement on a set of rules to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The Agreement aims to deliver the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global temperature rises to less than 2 degree Celsius.

Seven East African Civil Society Organizations and Partners (the East African SusWatch Network, TaTEDO, SusWatch Kenya, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development, INFORSE East Africa, SustainableEnergy, DaCCA Programme Partners) have raised policy recommendations to COP24, that highlight the importance of the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report and the Talanoa Dialogue in raising ambition for climate action in East Africa and globally, as well as finalizing the NDC guidelines and other rules needed to make the Paris agreement operational.


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