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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business - RT. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, The Speaker of Parliament of Uganda - RT. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Uganda Minister of Water and Environment - Hon. Cheptoris Sam

Enact a Fair and Equitable Climate Change Law for Uganda

As you are aware, Uganda has already witnessed some of the negative effects of climate change, and many more are expected to impact the country. The major manifestations of climate change in Uganda include: severe water shortages; increased incidents of drought; reduced crop production especially the value of the Arabica and Robusta coffee crop which could fall by half by 2050 due to the contraction of the area that can support its production – with the cost of the associated losses from the fall in production estimated at US$ 1, 235 million; reduced potential for hydropower development due to a reduction in rainfall and water availability – with the decline estimated at 26% by 2050; and damage to the country’s physical infrastructure due to extreme weather events, with losses estimated at 0.1–0.4% of Uganda’s GDP in 2050 (Ministry of Water and Environment, 2017). The impact of climate change on Uganda is also manifested by the declining surface area of the Rwenzori ice caps which has reduced by 49 percent between 1987 and 2003, and is projected to disappear within the next two decades. Thus, adaptation and mitigation action is required in all major sectors of the economy including: agriculture; energy; health; transport and physical infrastructure; and water. A proposed National Climate Change law (now a bill) is expected to accelerate Uganda’s efforts to undertake adaptation and mitigation action across all the key sectors of the Ugandan economy. Since the draft National Climate Change Bill, 2017 came out at the end of July 2017 for public review, the Climate Change Department in collaboration with different stakeholders have held several meetings involving Government Departments and Agencies; Civil Society Organizations; Private sector; Members of Parliament through the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, among others. According to Mr Chebet Maikut - Commissioner of the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, 'The proposed climate change law is deemed crucial in filling up the existing gaps in sectoral laws enacted by Parliament of Uganda'. Equally, CSOs are optimistic that the proposed law will create a clear regulatory framework where all the actors in Uganda are obliged to collectively  and individually take up climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. In advancing the concerns already expressed by civil society on this draft climate change bill, we would like to petition you and other relevant law makers - that when this important Bill comes before the floor of Parliament of Uganda, the following specific glaring equitable and fairness related gaps must be addressed: Under the proposed National Climate Change Advisory Committee, wider representation is needed to include in the membership of the committee, a representative of the youth, a representative of cultural and traditional institutions. Therefore membership of the committee should be increased to include: Representative from National Youth council, Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Gender Labour & Social Development. The draft Bill requires the Climate Change Department to prepare an annual report on climate change for consideration by Cabinet and Parliament and provides the major contents for that report. It is important that among the contents, there should be a specific section detailing special measures and initiatives carried out to make the most vulnerable communities and persons resilient to effects of climate change it is proposed that Uganda’s CC law should establish an annual multi-stakeholder climate change platform at both the national and district local governments for mutual accountability between duty bearers and the general public. These forums would also be very important in terms of promoting public participation in decision-making and access to climate change information. However, an elaboration of this should be done as much as possible to uphold this important step towards promoting sustainable development in Uganda (for example, a schedule on composition of the multi-stakeholder forum). The draft Bill is weak with respect to the question of public participation in climate change decision-making. To be progressive, Uganda’s climate change law should make it possible for the public to challenge decisions taken where there has not been meaningful participation. Similarly in relation to the Right to petition court in defense of climate change adaptation and mitigation, Uganda’s climate change law should provide for the right of any person to apply to court where a person or entity has acted in a manner that has or is likely to adversely affect efforts towards mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change. A failure to address the above gaps will imply Business as Usual where citizens, communities, groups, private sector and legislators will NOT be in position to among others: promote robust measures to enhance public participation and accountability; impose  the much needed duty on local governments to mainstream climate change in their policies, plans and budgets;  require all the key sectors of Uganda's economy to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation plans through mobilization of the requisite resources.  

Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development
1,361 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Canterbury Christ Church University, cma

CCCU - Broadstairs to Canterbury - Was there REALLY enough information?

Dear All, I am currently in the beginnings of a formal complaint process with Canterbury Christ Church University. This Formal Complaint is regarding the move from Broadstairs campus to Canterbury campus as well as a cancelling of a Module on my programme but I am aware that this has happened in other programmes as well.   Overview -   My name is George Stocken and I have just finished second year studying ‘Commercial Music’ over in Broadstairs. As you know, Broadstairs is no more and students are now forced to make their way over to study in Canterbury with no options to complete/Finish in Broadstairs.   I am sure all of you have heard lots on this subject but I just want to raise my voice and thoughts to see if there is anything, I can do to help the students who have not said anything to the University themselves.   After doing some research into the Terms and Conditions of Canterbury Christ Church University, specifically the Change Policy (General Principles) I can see that the University in some cases are breaching consumer law, which after reading about a study ‘Which?’ did, isn’t uncommon in a number of Universities.   I have a few main important points:-   The University did not make it clear enough that the programme would 100% be moving to Canterbury, although staying transparent on it there was no confirmation. I however chose to study at Broadstairs as it was close to home and where I work, now however I most definitely will incur excessive costs travelling to and from University as well as paying for things such as parking, things that when I decided to study at Broadstairs were not in my thought process. This programme (as I am sure I can get lectures and staff alike to confirm) is not a programme you can do from home, thus requiring me to travel in and out of University near enough every day. Also stated in the Change policy “As a general principle, changes should be implemented for the next entering cohort and not for any current students.” This inherently being ignored by disrupting my year group by changing our learning environment (that we have spent two years being accustomed to) drastically. Students have now had to find accommodation in a city that is completely alien to them as well as students who now have to travel as I said earlier will incur costs. I could go on and on but I hope I have shared some valid points.   Also after finding out that I wasn't able to do a module that is best suited to me, I sent this email to the programme administrator (who is not at fault) after being given two module choices... Music Business Futures or Studio Composition. I'm not doing either.   "I have checked through my emails and cannot see anything regarding this. As a year two student that took ‘Melodic Improvisation in theory and practice‘, in the hope of following the pathway (stated in the programme handbook) into Jazz. I have great concern and disappointment, especially as neither of the two modules offered are of interest to me and would leave me at a disadvantage going into a subject that I have no previous teaching or experience In. I realise though that also stated in the programme handbook that option modules require a minimum number of students to run, however it also states in the change policy (General Principles) that “The University’s default position is there should be no changes to material information concerning the campus location of a programme or the programme or module structure”. If not having enough students negates the policy then what is the point in having the policy as a default.   I would be intrigued to know how many the minimum is for this module to run, as I am aware of at least 4 students including myself who are massively disappointed that the module isn’t running as this is a module that best represents our aims and goals for our future endeavours. Also just to mention, Melodic Improvisation in theory and practice ran with just 5 students. So is one student not choosing the module enough to effect 4 students future in the programme?   I realise that this is not your fault or doing but I would be grateful if you could direct me to the person I have to raise this issue with."   UPDATE -   Having researched further I have found some more evidence that the University is breaching consumer law.   What happens if I am not given the material information, it is presented in a misleading way, or I can’t find it? 2.4 Material information should be made easily accessible to you up front, including when you are considering which university and which course to apply to, and whether to accept any offers. For example, the information could be made available via the university’s website, prospectus, and course and departmental handbooks. If this information is not provided or made available, or it is hidden or difficult to access, then under the CPRs this could constitute a breach of the law known as a misleading omission.   There is no evidence of the move in any written form (available to students) and there wouldn't be because the planning permission to build the new building wasn't even accepted at the time my year started.     UPDATE - The CCCU website is still advertising that Commercial Music and Creative Music Technology are at Broadstairs.       OUTCOME -   I have proposed to the Uni in my Complaint form that we receive compensation in form of Fee reimbursement or a bursary that will cover food, travel, help with accommodation etc... obviously lots of people's circumstances will be different and I have to be realistic with my requests for them to even be looked at seriously.   Thanks for looking and if you feel like supporting this then please sign!          

George Stocken
30 supporters