Uganda to Commemorate the World Cities Day

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in partnership with GGGI commemorated the World Cities Day.

The day is an annual event to promote and inspire action encompassing sustainable urbanization, through advancing local dialogue, celebrating successes, identifying opportunities and measures to address the challenges created by the fast global pace of urbanization.

In line with Uganda’s major objective to mainstream green growth in government programmes, thecommemoration aims at raising awareness, promote participation, generate knowledge and engage the international community in creating a better urban future for Uganda. By engaging all stakeholders, cities can harness transformational change and ensure a better life for all in an urbanizing world. The theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, under the theme focus “Act Local to Go Global”.

Uganda is prioritizing Green Growth through the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDPIII) and the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS). We seek to create a strong, resilient and competitive cities.

NDPIII identifies urbanisation among the key components to be harnessed to achieve the desired
economic transformation. There’s need for urban transformation that supports a low-emissions
economic growth pathway integrating green urbanisation, resource use efficiency, climate resilience, disaster risk reduction and optimal use of natural capital for the urban dwellers.

In short, the government wants to modernise the economy of the nation through a greening development perspective.

About Greening Uganda’s Urbanization and Industrialization Project

The EU is partnering with GGGI in delivering this three (3) year project, which is running from 2020 to 2023. The project aims to promote sustainable development and inclusive green growth in Uganda by focusing on green city development, green industrialization, efficient waste management and green growth integration into planning and budgeting. This is to ensure Uganda is achieving maximum benefits from a green growth pathway.

To date, GGGI has supported the cities of Arua and Gulu in developing green Physical Development Plans (PDPs) that await approval from the National Physical Planning Board. The development of these new physical development plans involved stakeholder engagements that captured a broad array of considerations into the planning process from all city councils. From the developed PDPs, a number of proposed infrastructure and investment plans were identified, that aim to attract investment into our cities thus ensuring that as the cities grow, they are resource efficient for the urban dwellers. As GGGI, we aim to support Uganda’s cities to become climate resilient and sustainable.

As, our cities and municipalities are the principal actors dealing with waste management in the country, GGGI has supported the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area to develop a Solid Waste Management Strategy that guides waste disposal from the source at household to waste diversion centres then to landfills. These efforts are all aimed at supporting Uganda transform into green economy.

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