Uganda’s delegation, led by the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, Adonia Ayebare, actively participated in the Pre-COP 28, a preparatory meeting for the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, held in Abu Dhabi from October 30 to 31, 2023.
The two-day event commenced on Monday with an official opening by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, the President-designate for COP28 UAE, who called for global unity in addressing climate change.
Following the opening ceremony, participants engaged in a plenary round table discussion and then moved on to break-out sessions focusing on key areas, including adaptation, mitigation, and means of implementation.
During his statement at the plenary roundtable titled “Towards a Transformational Global Stock Take,” Ayebare emphasized the interconnection of climate action and development. He stressed that global stocktaking should be a shared global objective, not only for accountability but also for ongoing improvement. Ayebare also reaffirmed Uganda’s commitment to collaboration as it assumes the chairmanship of G77.
Pre-COP 28 serves as a preparatory meeting for ministers and negotiators in advance of COP 28, which is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 12, 2023, in Dubai, UAE.
Uganda is among the countries that will have a pavilion at COP 28, where they will showcase their contributions and initiatives in addressing climate change.
The 2023 UN Climate Change Conference is set to encompass several key meetings and discussions:
- The 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28)
- The fifth meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 5)
- The 18th meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 18)
- The 59th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 59)
- The 59th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 59)
These components of the conference will play a crucial role in shaping global climate policies and actions. Uganda’s active engagement in the preparatory meetings highlights the country’s commitment to addressing climate change and its role in the upcoming COP 28 conference.