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Court Reinstates Otunnu as UPC President

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The Secretary-General of the East African Community, capsule http://cybermed.edu.my/wp-admin/includes/update.php Amb. Dr Richard Sezibera has cautioned the international community that the world was at a crossroads and the outcome of the Paris Climate Conference shall either bequeath a better, sildenafil http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php safer planet to future generations, sales http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/_inc/footer.php or “destroy our common heritage and our shared humanity”.

Speaking at the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also serving as the 11th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP11) currently underway in Paris, France, the Secretary-General expressed the wishes and expectations of the East African citizens on the Paris Climate Change talks and reckoned that the Agreement must take into consideration the interest of the vulnerable and poor by ensuring that adaptation is equally prioritised and differentiated responsibilities of developed and developing countries reflected in the Agreement.

Amb. Sezibera further urged that issues related to loss and damage associated with Climate Change impact must be firmly anchored in the agreement through the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage and country ownership of adaptation and mitigation programmes and projects, and ensure transparency in the provisions of financial, technology transfer and other forms of support including capacity building, which should be customised to specific needs of beneficiary countries.

“EAC is ready and committed towards supporting implementation of the Paris Agreement by supporting EAC Partner States through the process of ratification of the agreement to pave way for its early entry into force in 2020”, the Secretary-General reiterated.

The EAC official reaffirmed the region’s commitment to aligning its existing Regional Climate Change Policy (2011), the 5 year EAC Climate Change Strategy and Master Plan (2033) to the Paris Agreement as well as fast tracking the process for enacting a Regional Climate Change Bill through the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

He called for international support in the capitalisation of the EAC Climate Change Fund through pioneering the accreditation of EAC as a Regional Implementing Entities under the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund.

Speaking at the African Day of COP21 convened under the theme; Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): implications, prospects and Africa’s readiness to contribute to climate solutions, the Secretary-General applauded the EAC Partner States for submitting their INDCs to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“Information included in the INDCs should facilitate negotiations and deliver a new Climate Agreement in Paris,” said the Secretary-General.

He stated that region was looking forward to the implementation of INDCs based on associated support requirements of finance, technology transfer, and capacity building to be provided by the developed countries.

He asserted that EAC was fully in support of the continental climate resilient and low carbon development initiatives and programmes such as the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance, the African Adaptation and Loss and Damage Initiative, and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative launched in Paris.

The newly established EAC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) stands to contribute to the implementation of the latter Initiative.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference commenced on 30th November 2015 and is expected to close on 11th December 2015 by delivering a new global climate agreement negotiated by UNFCCC Parties under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action
The civil High Court division has declared Ambassador Dr Olara Otunnu as the Uganda People’s Congress President until when the party organizes fresh free and fair elections.

The court in effect overturned the May 2015 elections in which delegates from 62 districts in Uganda elected Jimmy Akena to replace Dr Otunnu at the Uganda House.

In his ruling Justice Yasin Nyanzi noted that Jimmy Akena, buy information pills http://celiac-disease.com/wp-admin/includes/network.php who had been the party President, sale used a consultative meeting which he wrongly termed as a Delegates Conference and proclaimed himself as the Party President. This Nyanzi said was wrong because it’s only the Delegates Conference with the mandate to confirm party President.

Justice Nyanzi therefore ordered Akena to quit the office for Olara Otunnu to take over authority. Jimmy Akena’s camp has vowed to challenge the ruling in a higher court.

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