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CEO Summit Uganda launches Only One Earth campaign to encourage sustainable business practices

Kampala, Uganda – May 23, 2024 – CEO Summit Uganda, a multidisciplinary think tank that is East Africa’s leader in leadership and organizational practice, and a confidant of the leadership teams of the country’s most prominent institution, has launched the Only One Earth Campaign. The event was held today at the CEO Summit offices in Kampala.

This campaign, which aims to empower Ugandans to incorporate sustainable practices into their businesses, is made up of a set of activities aimed at achieving one goal. The campaign will begin with the Only One Earth Programme, a 4-day program in partnership with QCIL, Regenerate Africa and DCarbon Global in June 2024. Following the programme, the CEO Summit in partnership with Prudential will host 100 thought leaders for the Prudential Sustainability Week scheduled for Friday the 21ststreet June 2024 for a breakfast meeting to discuss a topic focused on promoting sustainable practices for health, finance and business growth.

Our campaign aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of Earth’s ecosystems, highlighting the need to restore balance with nature through transformative changes.

Stephen Mukasa, National Team Leader of CEO Summit Uganda, introducing the campaign, highlighted the importance we all have in preserving our one and only Erath, saying: “In Uganda, we have witnessed heavy rains that have caused flooding in the central business district. . areas such as Kampala, and landslides in eastern Uganda, among other places, hence the urgency of stopping these negative effects cannot be ignored because the existence of our planet is deeply linked to the well-being of all living beings, including ourselves.

As responsible people and organizations, we must act accordingly by protecting and preserving our environment for both present and future generations. Nature once determined how we survive, now we (unfortunately) determine how nature survives.

To accelerate this mission, today we launch the ‘Only One Earth Program’ “an executive education initiative that provides invaluable insights and field-tested insights into the critical state of our environment, aimed at empowering organizations and individuals with the tools and strategies necessary to effectively integrate sustainable practices into their businesses.”

In March 2023, Uganda revised the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), a plan championed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to increase its ambition to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 22% to 24.7%, as well as addressing the effects of climate change and meeting the aspirations of the Paris Agreement.

Uganda also identifies additional targets to be achieved by 2030 and these include having 152,622 hectares under irrigation, ensuring access to electricity for 75% of the population and having climate action plans in 50% of local governments. Others are restoring 2.5 million hectares of forest landscape and raising climate change awareness among 11 million people by 2030.

CEO Summit Uganda National Team Leader, Mr. Stephen Mukasa (second from left), Head of Brand Marketing and Communication at Prudential Uganda, Mr. Peter Mugarura (left), Chief Financial Officer at Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited Uganda, Mr. Fredrick Kakooza (2nd right), Head of Sustainability and ESG at Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited Uganda, Ms. Sarah Musumba(R) at the launch of the Only One Earth campaign, which aims to empower Ugandans to incorporate practices sustainable in their businesses.

Mr. Charles Kabiswa, CEO of Regenerate Africa, said: “We are happy to be part of initiatives that complement government efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, and the Only One Earth Program aligns perfectly with our mission to accelerate the African transition. towards a regenerative economy by adopting regenerative human development approaches where people, businesses and our planet thrive in harmony.”

He added: “By building multi-sector strategic partnerships like the one we have with CEO Summit Uganda, we can practice and advocate for integrated regenerative techniques, innovations and solutions across agricultural and food systems, climate and renewable energy solutions, health and gender, forests and water resources, and business solutions that drive change towards a regenerative future.”

The program will focus on three main areas: understanding sustainability, sustainable leadership and sustainable business practices. Through a balanced blend of theory and practical experience, engaging class discussions, real-world case studies, and interactive sessions led by industry experts, participants will embark on a transformative journey, honing their ability to navigate change and unlock it. the full potential of sustainable practices.

Through participation, leaders and organizations will learn how to operate in a way that respects, nourishes and preserves our planet, rather than exploiting and depleting it.

“As leaders in our respective fields, we have the opportunity to drive positive change and set an example for others. By embracing sustainability and environmental stewardship, we not only safeguard the health of our planet, but we also create a more resilient and prosperous future for all and I urge all business leaders and those in positions of influence to seize this opportunity by engaging their organizations through Only One Earth Program so that we join forces to create a difference, not only for the good of our businesses, but for our planet and all its inhabitants,” concluded Mukasa.

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