Another key step towards a new, universal climate change agreement has just been taken as the negotiating text for the agreement was officially issued by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The text was agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Geneva earlier this month, and covers the substantive content of the new agreement.
A copy of the text which Uganda Radio Network has obtained covers areas around mitigation, adaptation to climate change.
It also emphasizes the need for adequate financing, better technologies and capacity building in response to effects of climate change.
Christiana Figueres, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary in a statement says she is delighted that the negotiating text from which the Paris agreement will be constructed has now been officially published.
The negotiating text according to Figueres will be formally communicated to all governments that are Party to the Convention a in all six official languages of the United Nations.
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All the governments including Uganda are expected to discuss the text by end of March in order to fulfill procedural requirements for adoption of the agreement at the end of the year.
Another meeting according to Figueres is expected to be held mid this year to further scrutinize the new text.
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The adoption of the text kick-starts a year of intense negotiations and political efforts focused on completing the new agreement and lasting response to the challenge of climate change.
Figueres says the new agreement will not only be of relevance to Ministers of environment, but will be of key relevance across all government ministries and departments committed to achieve the 2015 agenda aspects like climate action, the realization of a suite of sustainable Development Goals and progressing on disaster risk reduction.
Uganda and countries are currently negotiating a new global climate agreement, the first international climate change agreement expected to explicitly commit all countries to specific climate change mitigation plans.