UN Support to Address Climate Change in Uganda

The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2010-2014 for Uganda provides several entry points for climate change education and training, in particular outcome 2 on sustainable livelihoods and outcome 3 on quality social services. The UNDAF has been complemented by an Action Plan 2013-2014 to operationalize the Framework for its remaining two years.

To coordinate climate change activities in Uganda the UN Country Team has created a Technical Working Group on Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), chaired by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Agencies active in the area of climate change in Uganda include inter alia:

  • UNDP is supporting the Government of Uganda to implement adaptation measures that respond to the identified priority interventions in Uganda’s National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) and the National Development Plan. These initiatives focus on integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in the country’s land management and agriculture sector policies and programmes. Current programmes include the Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) aimed at assisting sub-national governments in achieving low carbon and climate change resilient development; and the Ecosystem Based Adaptation Programme for Mountain Ecosystems aimed at reducing vulnerability of Uganda to climate change impacts (together with the UN Environment Programme – UNEP).
  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) to assist vulnerable populations in adapting to impacts of climatic changes. Current activities focus on two particularly fragile ecosystems: the drylands of eastern Karamjoa and the Mount Elgon watershed.
  • The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has supported a climate change assessment for Kampala as part of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). UN-Habitat is further collaborating with Makerere University which is hosting a hub on “Climate Change and DRR” as part of the Habitat University Network Initiative (Habitat UNI).
  • The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with Dan Church Aid to support the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) and the Climate Change Unit (CCU), MWE on integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change in primary and secondary education.