French Embasy celebrates the 3rd anniversary of the Paris Agreement
On Wednesday December 12th, the French residence organized a reception to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Paris Agreement, established during the COP21. The reception was also the occasion to give the prizes of Diplo 4 Climate, an initiative by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to reward diplomatic missions that work to protect the environment.
The French residence was welcoming representatives of the diplomatic corps, of the civil society and of the KCCA to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Paris Agreement, as the COP 24 is now taking place in Poland. The First Counselor of the French Embassy underlined how important the Paris Agreement is, “the first universal climate agreement that has been accepted by 195 signatories”.
The First Counselor also insisted on how involved France and Uganda are in implementing the agreement. He said he was proud of the fact that both countries had already submitted their Natonally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to participate into the achievement of the objectives determined by the agreement. Eventually he emphasized the importance of the collaboration between the two countries: “I can say that France and Uganda work hands to hands, as we - the French Embassy and the French Development Agency - do support many projects to fight climate at the local level, especially regarding water, infrastructures and agriculture.”
During the reception, the winners of Diplo 4 Climate prizes were also awarded. Diplo 4 Climate was organized by KCCA, in partnership with the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the French Embassy to reward “green embassies” and other diplomatic missions that work to protect the environment. The Swedish Embassy won the first prize, whereas France was given the second one.
Finally, all guests could watch Humans, a film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. To make this documentary, the director spent three years collecting stories of men and women from various origins, about topics that concern everyone, such as poverty, war or the future of our planet.