Important days in March 2018 #CommonwealthUganda


  1. Commonwealth Day 2018 on 12th March; Theme: “Towards a Common Future”
  2. World Speech Day 2018, 15th March;  hosting  #UGSpeechForum series targeting primary schools. Topics include #UN Agenda2030 #VISION2040 #Commonwealth #RoadSafety4Children (March-Oct. 2018)
  3. World Consumer Rights Day 2018-15th March; theme: Making digital marketplaces fairer”

Third UN International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018

Project Title: Third UN International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018

Activity: Financing for Sciences (FfSci) for Women and Girls Symposium 2018

Theme: “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”

Building on our past project under ITU that is, the International Girls in ICT Day celebrations in Uganda that CPAUG in collaboration & support from the GoU –MoICT/NG, WOUGNET and NITA-U launched in April 2012 in Kampala, we are looking at this as a milestone in promoting #UGWomenAndGirlsinScience campaign in 2018 in tandem with the NDPII, VISION2040 & the UN Agenda 2030 and the SDGs enshrined therein (May 2018-Feb 2019) with series of educational outreaches around the country targeting the girl child (primary & secondary schools, tertiary institutions & universities).  Campaign launch April & symposium May 2018.


The purpose of this Forum is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest
spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move equality and parity in science for sustainable development into the mainstream discourse. It is anticipated that this will spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of an ambitious outcome from the 2030 Development Agenda process and other declarations and Outcome Documents of other UN fora.

Proposed partners in Uganda:

ACODE, MUK-College of Gender Studies, UNATU, The Office of the First Lady, Republic of Uganda, Ministry of Science & Technology and Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers; UN Women, UNDP Uganda, UNFPA, MoES, MGLSD, KCCA, UNRA, NWSC, UMEME Uganda, MoWT, MEMD, ERA, UCC, UETCL, UEGCL, UEDCL, Eskom Uganda, Total Uganda, New Vision Group, MAAIF/NAADS, CNOOC Uganda Limited,

For further information, please do contact:

Attn: Kiapi K. Frederick

Executive Director

Commonwealth Association-Uganda

 C/o P. O. Box 10358 Kampala

Plot 87 Bukoto Street, Kamowkya, Oasis House Opp. UTGA 116

Tel: 256 414 577 017/256 776 642 494



#Slowdown goes to Gulu district

On 29th June 2017 the “Save Live #Slowdown”  campaign went to Gulu district targeting school children and the event was held at El-Shadai Primary School. The pupils  learnt the ABC of road safety and the main causes of road crashes.  At the end, the children signed the pledge forms committing to abide by the do’s and not’s of road safety while on the roads.


Events in Gulu District 29th-30th June 2017

World Drugs Day 2017

the #CommonwealthUganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the #WorldDrugsDay2017 in Gulu with a pre-youth mini-forum on drugs & substance abuse as a precursor to the Sept. 2017 Northern Uganda 3rd Drugs & Substance Youth Forum with the theme “Listen First.  The National Drug Authority & New VISION Group school Essay competition on drugs and substance abuse was promoted to the students.




World Speech Day 2017 Series in Gulu District

The Commonwealth Association-Uganda shall hold a Speech Day event for primary school children in Gulu on 29th June, 2017 at MOTHER LUDIA PRIMARY SCHOOL The event aims at building a cadre of young people as world orators on key national and global development themes. In 2017, the series shall be focusing on the Commonwealth, United Nations, Uganda VISION 2040 & Uganda’s road map to middle income status 2020.

4 speakers 4 classes 200 participants @MOTHER LUDIA PRIMARY SCHOOL, Gulu District in Northern Uganda.

Next shall be Eastern region in Mbale District in July, August Central Region and September in Western Uganda, Kabale district.

To participate or contribute to the campaign contact

The Commonwealth Association –Uganda Email:

See Website:


Commonwealth Association-Uganda to celebrate the World Drugs Day 2017 in Gulu District with the theme: “Listen First”

The Association shall join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that is globally held on 26 June each year. The event shall be held on 29th June 2017 in Gulu District targeting secondary school students at  Pope John Paul II College, Gulu District with a Drug and Substance Abuse student’s competition managed by the National Drug Authority (NDA).

As we commemorate the World Drugs Day 2017, care must be taken that the problem has become so rampant and our youth are the soft targets. Most of them think is cool to take drugs and as parents there is need to wake up and play our cardinal role of nurturing the youth. The UN has set 2019 as a target date to achieve measures that address demand and supply reduction, and to improve access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion; areas of human rights, youth, children, women and communities; emerging challenges, including new psychoactive substances; strengthening international cooperation; and alternative development all leading to the attainment of proportionate national sentencing policies and practices for drug-related offences, and features a strong focus on prevention and treatment.

According to the 2016 Word Drug Report, drug trafficking accounted to billions of dollars amounting to over $88 billion.  The same report states that studies done in some countries including Uganda have found that a range of narcotic drugs, psychoactive substances and other substances, such as opiates, khat, benzodiazepines and alcohol, contributed to wide reaching health, social and protection problems hence leading to mental health problems.

The purpose of the celebrations is to create awareness among the youth about the dangers of drugs and substance abuse.

To participate or contribute to the campaign contact

The Commonwealth Association –Uganda Email: or National Drug Authority (NDA) email: wats app: 256 712 001 199

See website:


The 4th UN Global Road Safety 2017 Campaign in Uganda launched, by State Minister for Transport, Uganda

State Minister for Transport, Hon. Vincent Bagiire calls for the promotion of safer and reliable road networks in Uganda to achieve middle income status. During the official launch of the 4 th UN Global Road safety 2017 campaign in Uganda with a theme save live, slowdown, the Minister of State for works highlighted the dangers of speed as the number one cause of road traffic injuries. He said that the government of Uganda as a signatory to the UN Decade of Action for Road safety, 2020 committed itself to the five pillars of the Decade and the country is making strides in improving the road networks to ease the movement pf goods and people inland and across borders but the focus must be put on having our road safe. Though Uganda’s loses 5% of its GDP due to road crashes, efforts are being made to see that the country continues to address such with efforts like Fika Salaama that since inception have yielded some results through the enforcing speed limits on key major highways this translating into change in the driver behavior while on the road.

Speaking at the same function, held on 26 th May, 2017 in Kampala, the WHO country representative Dr. Jack Abdoulie said that the UN has since the proclamation of the Decade been working with the Uganda government in providing technical support and this shall be continuous as road crashes have had far reaching consequences on achieving the global development goals. Dr. Abdoulie was impressed by the enthusiasm of young people by interesting themselves in the road safety campaigns. The function attracted several participants and it was graced by the team from the office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Road safety that was carrying out a road safety performance review in Uganda after such assignment in Cameroon.

The national country campaign is led by members of the Civil Society coalition on Transport is running until November 2017, shall be covering 12 districts across the country focusing on the dangers of speed on the road for all users.

Co-authored by:
Kiapi K. Freddie, Tom Bumuheire & Sam Bambanza
Members of the Civil Society Coalition on Transport