The 2030 Global Development Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement provides the foundation for sustainable low carbon and resilient development. The links between climate change and sustainable development are very strong.
Climate change presents a serious threat to sustainable development. The 2030 Development Agenda identifies climate change as “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and states that “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development”.
Managing and adapting to long term climate risk is critical for sustainable development. Hence environmental sustainability is the underlying theme connecting the SDGs. Not only has climate change been given its dedicated target (Goal 13), but it is also integrated into almost all of the other SDGs.
The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) has decided to create a network of COMSATS Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS). COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization of 27 developing countries as members based in Islamabad, Pakistan. It has a Network of 22 International S&T Centres of Excellence. The Centre for Climate & Sustainability (CCCS) – Uganda which will be hosted by Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) is going to be one of the Centres of Excellence of COMSATS. More information about COMSATS can be accessed on www.comsats.org.
Interested COMSATS member countries will work in the framework of CCCS on shared commitment and purpose in addressing twin challenges of climate change and sustainable development.
The institutional framework will be on the principle of mutual benefit under South-South & Triangular Cooperation and keeping in view the significance of partnerships as an important mechanism under SDG 17.
COMSATS Centre for Climate & Sustainability will be a multi-stakeholder institute working in the framework of South-South & Triangular Cooperation to bring innovative approaches to plan, fund and tackle climate change challenges in line with the policy and practices of developing countries and their international obligations.
The center will focus on the following objectives:
Working Groups of the Centre:
Under the CCCS framework, a number of Working Groups will be established and will adopt a trans-disciplinary approach to key drivers of climate-sustainability nexus:
The CCCS-Uganda is one five Centres to be established globally by COMSATS. One of the five Centres which is already operational is in Kazakhstan hosted by the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) (http://www.kaznu.kz/en/19533/page/).
More information will be provided in due course as Uganda builds capacity for the formal establishment of this important Centre.
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology looks forward to working with all the stakeholders in the establishment and operationalising this Centre.
For more information on the Centre, please contact the following:
Assistant Executive Secretary & Head, Corporate Affairs and International Collaborations
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)