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Uganda outreach event for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report

Please find a full report from the Uganda outreach event here.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report Outreach Event: What’s in it for Uganda’s Development? was hosted by the governments of Uganda and co-sponsored by the IPCC and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. The event feature presentations from authors of the IPCC’s three working groups. The authors, sent by the IPCC, presented overviews of the report and discussed specialist topics of interest to the region.

The aim of the event was to allow leaders in government and the broader community of academia, business and civil society to engage in meaningful discussions about the implications of the AR5 report for the Ugandan context.

Besides presentations of the report by IPCC authors, the event also included a forum to examine how local policymakers were addressing climate change issues as well as what the implications of the Report meant for current practice.

Day One 

  • Mr James Magezi-Akiiki, IPCC Country Focal Point, Uganda National Meteorology Authority
  • Dr Youba Sokona, IPCC Co-Chair, Working Group III
  • Prof John Ddumba-Ssentamu, Vice Changellor, Makerere University
  • Mr Carl Wesselink, Africa Regional Director, CDKN
  • Mr Danny Graymore, Head of Office DFID Uganda/British High Commission in Uganda
  • HE. Alphons Hennekens, the Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Uganda
  • Minister of State, Flavia Munaaba

A session on Climate Change Trends, Impacts and Vulnerability chaired by Prof Bernard Bashaasha – Principal College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makarere University

  • Prof Chris Reason, Lead Author, IPCC Working Group I on the physical science of climate change
  • Dr Hannes Rautenbach, Regional-scale Climate Change Projections of Annual, Seasonal and Monthly Near-Surface Temperatures and Rainfall in Uganda.

A session on Adaptation and Climate Resilience: Best Practice lessons from Africa chaired by Ms Margaret Barihaihi, National Coordinator Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance

  • Dr Katharine Mach, IPCC Working Group II, Technical Support Unit
  • Dr Balgis Osman-Elasha, Coordinating Lead Author, Adaptation needs and options, Working Group II
  • Prof. Joseph Hella, Lead Author – Key Economic Sectors and Services, IPCC Working Group II

A session on Uganda’s Low Carbon Development Opportunities chaired by Mr Chebet Maikut, Deputy Coordinator, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Water and Environment.

  • Dr Youba Sokona, IPCC Co-Chair, Working Group III
  • Dr Joyashree Roy, Co-ordinating Lead Author – Industry, Working Group III
  • Dr Shuaib Lwasa, Lead Author – Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Working Group III

How do we pay for Climate Action? Chaired by Ms Edith Kateme, Deputy Executive Director, National Planning AUthority

  • Dr Balgis Osman-Elasha, Coordinating Lead Author, Adaptation needs and options, Working Group II

Day Two

A review on Day One’s findings, chaired by Dr Festus Bagoora, National Environment Management Authority

A session on Policy and Practice Forum, chaired by Mr Paul Isabirye, coordinator of the Department of Climate Change and UNFCCC Focal Point for Uganda.

  • Mr Raymond Birungi – OPM
  • Mr Stephen Muwaya – MAAIF
  • Dr Evelyn Komutunga – NARO
  • Mr Chebet Maikut – DCC
  • Ms Margaret Barihaihi – ACCRA
  • Ms. Sarah Kibenge
  • Dr Lynne Carter – MUCCRI

How should Uganda respond to the IPCC findings?  – a group work session chaired by Prof John Baptist Kaddu, Makerere University

The event was formally closed by Mr David O.O. Obong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Environment.


The event was preceded by a workshop for local media and followed by a Young Scientists’ seminar. 



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