NDC Facts


Estimated 22% reduction of overall national GHG emissions by 2030, including Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry, compared to the Business as Usual (BAU) projection.


Energy (Power Supply, Demand, Transport), Agriculture, Forestry, Wetland


Agriculture, Coastal Zones, Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Education, Energy, Environment, Health, LULUCF/Forestry, Social Development, Tourism, Transport, Urban, Water


In process


21 September 2016



Project information


USD 802,500


Q2 2018


Q2 2020


Integrated Governance, Gender Mainstreaming, NDC Implementation Plan, Climate Finance, Private Sector Engagement, Leadership






Ministry of Water and Environment



Development facts

Context and Objectives

Uganda set an ambitious goal for its development, aiming to transform into a modern, middle-income country by 2040. Uganda’s pursuit of development is affected by climate change and its associated impacts on production systems and livelihoods, which are highly dependent on natural resources.

The country has recognized the need to address climate change in its efforts to achieve sustainable development, embedding these priorities in Uganda’s long-term development plan (Vision 2040) and the medium-term development plan. The country has started mainstreaming climate change into development plans and required nearly all sectors to plan and budget for climate change action in response to Uganda’s 2015 National Climate Change Policy. Uganda also finalized its Green Growth Development Strategy in 2017, which aims to ensure that the goals and targets of Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan are achieved in a sustainable manner.

Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) focuses on promoting a low carbon development pathway while at the same time reducing the vulnerability of its population, environment, and economy by implementing measures and policies that build resilience. Under the NDC Support Programme, Uganda will create improved approaches of cooperation between different ministries, departments, and agencies; develop an NDC implementation plan; strengthen capacities to access climate finance; and enhance private sector engagement.

Work areas

Integrated Governance, transparency and Gender

  • Build upon existing national structures to define a streamlined and coordinated approach to NDC implementation;
  • Continue mainstreaming climate change into sectoral strategies, programmes, and budgets;
  • Integrate gender-responsive approaches into institutional frameworks for NDC implementation, coordination mechanisms, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Enhance monitoring and transparency systems for NDC implementation, including integration of gender and development aspects.

NDC Implementation Plan

  • Define strategies to achieve the ambitious NDC mitigation targets as well as a long-term vision for GHG emissions reduction in the pursuit of its sustainable development goals;
  • Develop sectoral action pipelines to achieve sectoral NDC targets in at least two sectors. 

Climate finance

  • Enhance capacities to access and coordinate climate finance and support identification and application of appropriate financial and policy levers to minimize investor risks;
  • Establish gender-responsive sustainable finance mechanisms to scale-up NDC mitigation action.

Private Sector engagement

  • Encourage the private sector to finance climate change mitigation measures and invest in new technological innovations that strengthen low carbon growth.
Leadership and Learning
  • Identify and share challenges, best practices, and solutions on the national and international level to promote Uganda’s ambition and commitment as a climate change champion.

Building blocks

This project builds upon a solid foundation laid by the Low Emissions Capacity Building (LECB), which has:

  • Enhanced capacity for documenting, archiving and managing GHG inventories;
  • Developed Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in four priority sectors, namely agriculture, energy, waste, and transport. The waste management NAMA proposal was accepted for funding by the Global Environment Facility, while the Green School NAMA proposal in the energy sector was accepted for funding by the NAMA facility;
  • Developed Uganda’s Green Growth Development Strategy, prepared in collaboration with GGGI;
  • Supported preparation of Uganda’s INDC through a series of national and sub-national stakeholder consultations;
  • Complementary EU-funding supported post-Paris NDC activities, such as a technical evaluation and validation of the INDC and a suite of awareness-raising activities that reached more than 1,000 citizens prior to the ratification of the NDC in October 2016. In addition, a number of taskforce meetings were held to ensure that Uganda’s Green Growth Development Strategy integrated NDC priorities alongside the broader sustainable development goals of the government.


Partner initiatives

The NDC Support Programme in Uganda links closely with complementary projects, including: the World Bank’s climate finance expenditure tracking project in eight sectors; the World Resources Institute (WRI) assessment of the compatibility of Sector Development Plans (SDPs) with Uganda’s NDC and the SDGs; support from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) on the implementation of the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy; the  German Government/GIZ Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program (PREEEP); and the National Adaptation Plan-Global Network (NAP-GN) alignment of the NAP with the NDC.

At the global level, the NDC Support Programme is engaged a range of strategic partnerships through the global NDC Support Programme, including the IKI NDC Support Cluster, the NDC Partnership, the LEDS Global Partnership, and the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement.

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