Over 10 Commonwealth Parliament Speakers To Gather In Kampala For Environmental Conference

Over 10 parliament speakers from Commonwealth countries are in Kampala for the 27th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers (CSPOC) at the Monyonyo Commonwealth Hotel.

Delegates from 43 out of 73 member states have confirmed attendance. The CSPOC standing committee will meet today, leading up to the official opening by President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday.

This event precedes the Non-Aligned Movement meeting and the G-77+China summit later this month.

Kampala is hosting three major events simultaneously, a first according to Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa. He sees it as a vote of confidence in Uganda, its government, and its people, especially during the global recovery from COVID-19.

The conference, focused on environment and climate change, will feature a keynote address by Mr. Moses Wetangula, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya.

Delegates will use electric vehicles from Kira Motors, a local government-owned automobile manufacturing plant, for tours to Uganda Wildlife Centre and religious sites at Namugongo, aiming to reduce carbon emissions.

The CSPOC, created in 1969, operates independently with no formal affiliation with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association or Commonwealth Heads of Government.

The conference, held every two years in early January, emphasizes the critical role parliaments can play in addressing climate change.

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