The UN Climate Change Secretariat has agreed to place Africa Climate Week on hold in Kampala, in close cooperation with all other coordinating partners. In light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), this is to ensure the health and welfare of all participants.
The meeting, scheduled to take place from 20 to 24 April 2020, will only be postponed and not cancelled, and will be held at a later date that has yet to be determined.
Uganda’s Ministry of Health has provided guidelines that arrivals from the most affected countries in Uganda will be kept quarantined in government hospitals if they show symptoms, or will be put in self-isolation for 14 days if symptoms are not present.
In light of this, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) has demanded that activities and seminars be put on hold with participants from affected countries so as not to contravene orders from the Ugandan government and for the safety and well-being of UN staff employed in Uganda.
Uganda will remain the host country, and preparations will continue to ensure the best possible outcomes of the conference, designed to identify ways for governments to adopt the Paris Agreement in Africa and serve as a forum for national governments and non-Party stakeholders to participate, develop alliances and discuss approaches that can deliver climate action and support on a scale.
The Republic of Uganda hosts the Africa Climate Week. Main partners include UN Climate Change, the World Bank Group, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union and the African Development Bank.
Read more about Africa Climate Week here.
Data Source: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)