Uganda signs the Paris Agreement ratification instrument [fr]
On 15th September 2016, Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, signed the ratification instrument of the Paris Agreement on climate change ahead of the 71st ordinary session of the UN General Assembly during which several countries submitted their ratification instruments to the UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a special event organised on 21st September 2016.
This signature attests to Uganda’s commitment to enhance environmental protection and climate change adaptation. By ratifying the Paris Agreement, Uganda joins the international community’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to 1.5°C.
During President Museveni’s visit to France on Monday 19th September, President François Hollande congratulated Uganda for ratifying the Paris Agreement. The French President assured him that France would maintain its support to Uganda to promote the development of renewable energy, access to water or urban transport.
The Paris Agreement will officially become effective when 55 countries, representing 55% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, will have ratified it. In his address before the UN General Assembly, François Hollande called on the States that have not yet done so to ratify the historic Agreement as soon as possible.