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On the 14th of May, the International Energy Agency (IEA), together with the Government of Tanzania, Norway, and the African Development Bank Group, chaired a Leaders Summit on Clean Cooking, that brought together over 1000 delegates, from governments, private sector, development partners, international organizations, philanthropies, and civil society, all driven by the shared objective of making 2024 a pivotal year for achieving universal access to clean cooking. The Summit aimed to raise the importance of clean cooking efforts at the highest levels, spark commitments and pledges and to build on the momentum and follow a roadmap for next actions (including the 2030 targets under SDG7)

The worldwide observance of the International Biodiversity Day commemorates the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 22 May 1992 and provides a unique opportunity to foster wide support for the Convention, its Protocols and related action frameworks. The Theme of
Biodiversity Day 2024 is: "Be part of the Plan". This is a call to action for all stakeholders to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, also referred to as the Biodiversity Plan. As humanity is facing the intertwined triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution, collaborative action is needed from all sectors of society to restore harmony with nature and foster a transition to sustainable socio-economic systems. Adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework in December 2022 was therefore an important step to commit to action that protects nature

The seventh Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEWK2024) organised by the Ministry of Water and Environment and Partners, took place from March 18 to22, 2023 on the overall theme: “Rethinking collective action and innovative solutions to water, environment, and climate change crisis in Uganda”. On the occasion of this event, Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) issued a joint civil society statement that highlights issues and proposals grounded in their experiences while implementing the on-going Climate Action for Improved and Sustainable Livelihoods (CAISL) Project in Nebbi District (West Nile part of Uganda).

The EU's new deforestation regulation (EUDR) seeks to ensure that seven commodity products—soy, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa, coffee and rubber, all of which are major drivers of deforestation—will no longer be sold in the EU if sourced from areas affected by deforestation or forest degradation practices. Operators and large traders will need to demonstrate origin, including geo coordinates in an auditable manner, to prove the product/commodity is deforestation free

In Uganda, the school calendar officially starts on Monday February 5. Cooking in many Ugandan schools is done using firewood. Reliance on wood for cooking has contributed to rapid deforestation. The National Forestry Authority (NFA) also revealed that Uganda loses about 92,000 hectares of trees as a result of deforestation annually attributed to demand for firewood, charcoal, timber and other forest products, among others. The New Vision (June 2023) estimated that for a full term, a day school of 500 learners needs 625 trees, equivalent to cutting down an acre of eucalyptus or pine trees.

In January 2024, Government of Uganda will host the third South Summit - the supreme decision-making body of the Group of 77 (G-77), centred on the impactful theme of "Leaving no one behind." The G-77 established on 15th June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries, provides the means for the South to

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development together with the National Renewable Energy Platform (NREP) will host the Renewable Energy Conference
& EXPO (REC23 & EXPO), from 16 – 18 November 2023, at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala, Uganda. REC23 & EXPO will be held under the theme: ‘A Clean Energy Future for All!’. This theme is timely as Uganda and indeed the rest of the world, looks forward to fulfilling SDG 7 target: “By 2030
ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.” Affordable, clean energy fuels sustainable development, such as by providing the light that allows a child to do her homework or the power that a woman uses to run sewing machines for her business. Only 28% of Uganda’s population had access to electricity in 2018. Millions still burn solid fuels such as wood and animal dung for cooking and heating, filling their homes with dangerous pollutants.

According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the adaptation gap can be defined generically as the difference between the level of adaptation actually implemented and a societally set target or goal, reflecting nationally determined needs related to climate change impacts, as well as resource limitations and competing priorities. The Adaptation Gap Report (AGR) series produced by UNEP since 2014 provides an annual science-based assessment of the global progress on adaptation planning, financing, and implementation, with the aim to inform the climate negotiations among UN Member States.

Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Nordic Folkecentre for Renewable Energy (NFRE) supported by CISU Denmark have since July 2023 started implementing a Project titled: Climate Action for Sustainable Livelihoods (CAISL) in Nebbi district in West Nile region, North Western Uganda.

As a result of over a year’s work by Partners of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) in Africa, Europe, South Asia to identify the most important local sustainable solutions for energy access and climate action, a publication was launched on August 30, 2023

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