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Vice - President Timmermans RE: 2030 AGENDA

To the attention of: First Vice President Frans Timmermans

This response by civil society organisations to First Vice President Frans Timmermans is supporeted by EU based networks and organisations working in areas such as environment, development, accountability, governance, equality, culture, public health, poverty eradication, social inclusion, human rights, agriculture, animal rights, policy coherence for sustainable development, global economic justice, global citizenship education, life long learning, youth etc.

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Climate Change Is Already Here: A Letter From Kampala

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Dear Pope Francis,

Kampala is abuzz. Thank you for visiting Uganda! The presidential election season is underway and we have been busy sprucing up the city ahead of your trip here ten days ago. The city's residents have been conducting charity walks, renovating and buying commemorative rosaries from Rome. Workers are re-roofing The Martyr's Shrine, building a new arena and have put the finishing touches on an exhibition hall honouring Christian martyrs who were executed by the king in the late 1800s.

Your visit to Uganda, just before the COP21 climate negotiations started in Paris, came at a crucial time, though, both for our country and the world. You see, the dangerous impacts of climate change have already hit Uganda.

In the northern part of the country, a drought hurt farmers again this year, devastating harvests and creating food shortages. More than 600,000 people need food aid; 17 people starved to death in September alone, according to government statistics.

Then, while we were preparing for your visit, the El Nino rains arrived, upending the agricultural calendar and bringing with them an outbreak of cholera. The Ministry of Health warns that bilharzia and typhoid may not be far behind. The country is bracing for landslides; more than 100,000 Ugandas are at risk, particularly people living in slums. Here in Kampala, floods have already become an everyday occurrence.

The floods are made worse by greed and our own human actions. Construction projects -- some legal, some not -- impede the flow of water and alter the wetland systems that should provide drainage, while so-called 'investors' erect huge concrete shopping malls all over the city.

GCAP's plans for COP 21 in Paris

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GCAP presence in Paris at the COP21

GCAP will be present throughout the COP and we will offer workshops, have strategic meetings and network with other networks and new potential partners for the 2015. Different GCAP representatives will attend the COP negotiations in different capacities and be present throughout the negotiations.

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