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Ministry of Defense launches working group on climate change strategy

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The Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs (MoDVA), in collaboration with the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), launched a task force on Monday, June 24, 2024 to formulate a comprehensive climate change and environmental security strategy . The launch was conducted by the Permanent Secretary, Rosette Byengoma.

According to a statement from the UPDF, this strategy is designed to address the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation within the framework of national security.

During the launch of the task force for stakeholder consultations at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala, on Monday, Byengoma emphasized the significant threat the climate change crisis poses to national and global security. He stated that this requires a coordinated and strategic response to mitigate its impacts and prevent devastating consequences.

Byengoma noted that climate change has far-reaching consequences, affecting vast areas and populations globally through extreme temperature fluctuations, rising water levels and unpredictable weather patterns, posing significant threats to infrastructure. criticism and human resources.

He noted that this indicates MoDVA/UPDF’s commitment to safeguarding the planet while ensuring the readiness of defense forces by recognizing that the impact of climate change is inseparable from global security concerns.

The task force, led by Air Force Chief of Staff Brig. General David Gonyi has been tasked with developing a comprehensive strategy that complies with international, regional and national regulatory frameworks.

These frameworks include the Climate Change Act 2021, the Public Finance Management Act 2015 and the National Environmental Management Authority Act 2019, which require ministries, departments and agencies to implement climate mitigation and adaptation measures. climate change within its operations.

The strategy is being developed with the assistance of the Ministry of Water and Environment, which will provide technical support. The stakeholder consultation process aims to ensure inclusion and participation.

They attended; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Jack Bakasumba; the Undersecretary of Finance and Administration, Edith Buturo; Generals, senior officers and officials of the Ministry of Defense.

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