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UN asks Uganda to invest more in protecting environment

By Moses Mulondo

Added 28th October 2020 03:50 PM

Malango further implored the various stakeholders in Uganda to ensure that all initiatives and programmes for empowering women and eliminating gender violence are scaled up.

UN asks Uganda to invest more in protecting environment

(L-R) Ruhakana Rugunda Prime Minister of Uganda, Rosa Malango UN Resident coordinator to Uganda and Bintou Keita UN assistant secretary general for Africa interacting. (Photo by Nancy Nanyonga)

Malango further implored the various stakeholders in Uganda to ensure that all initiatives and programmes for empowering women and eliminating gender violence are scaled up.

KAMPALA - The United Nations Resident Coordinator Rosa Malango has appealed to the Uganda government to invest more efforts and resources in protecting the environment to mitigate climate change effects.

"We must put environmental protection at the epicentre of everything we do. We hope Uganda's third national development plan will promote green growth and sustainable development," Malango stated.

Speaking on Wednesday during the marking of the 75th UN anniversary in the Conference Hall of the Office of the Prime Minister, Malango commended Uganda for being Africa's leading host for refugees with over 1.4million refugees.

Ruhakana Rugunda(left) Prime Minister of Uganda interacting with Henry Okello Oryem State Minister for Foreign Affairs. This was during the commemoration of the United Nations 75th anniversary at Office of the Prime Minister on October 28, 2020. Photo by Nancy Nanyonga


Malango further implored the various stakeholders in Uganda to ensure that all initiatives and programmes for empowering women and eliminating gender violence are scaled up.

The UN diplomat emphasized the need for all Ugandans to ensure that promoting peace is a shared responsibility for everyone.

She also implored Uganda leaders to ensure that the youth are given opportunity and space to be at the centre of the development agenda.  

Malango revealed that the UN has come up with a project codenamed One Million SDG Solutions through which funding will be availed to innovative Uganda young people with ideas for solving problems in their societies.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Keita Bintou called for collective efforts to end hunger, poverty, and discrimination.

(L-R) Ruhakana Rugunda Prime Minister of Uganda, Rosa Malango UN Resident coordinator to Uganda, Bintou Keita UN assistant secretary-general for Africa and other UN officials pose for a group photo during the commemoration of the United Nations 75th anniversary at Office of the Prime Minister on October 28, 2020. (Photo by Nancy Nanyonga)


Imploring stakeholders to be committed to promoting peace, Bintou argued that sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and stability.

State minister for foreign affairs Okello Oryem commended the UN for the various interventions in supporting Uganda in the areas of the health sector, climate change, gender, and other development initiatives. 

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda appealed to the UN to push for debt relief for African countries to enable them to recover from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 which has paralyzed many businesses.

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