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Rwanda launches national plan for
Paris Agreement on climate change

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwanda on Monday launched Nationally Determined Contribution Partnership Plan that seeks to guide the country’s implementation of its commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The plan will guide Rwanda to deliver its commitments to the Paris Agreement by fast-tracking climate mitigation and adaptation, said Vincent Biruta, Rwandan minister of environment at the launch during the inaugural Africa Green Growth Forum that opened on Monday in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

The plan, jointly developed by the government of Rwanda and Partnership Secretariat of Nationally Determined Contribution, will reinforce the country’s capacity to realize its climate action goals, he said.

Nationally Determined Contribution Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions working to mobilize support and achieve ambitious climate goals while enhancing sustainable development.

Since Rwanda ratified the Paris Agreement in 2016, a number of climate change mitigation measures have been taken in the country, including the establishment of Rwanda’s Fund for the Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA), said the minister.

The plan takes ongoing climate change action programs and policies into account and identifies priorities towards combating climate change.

The priority areas set by the Rwandan government in the plan include strengthening financing of projects that help reduce emissions; enhancing the country’s resilience against the effects of climate change; fast-tracking progress towards green industry and services, sustainable land use and water resource management, disaster risk management, and improved health that enhances social protection safety net against vulnerability to climate change.

The forum attracts more than 1,000 participants, including government officials, climate change experts, environmentalists, investors, representatives from the private sector, development partners and civil society organizations, to share experiences in green growth and climate resilient development. 

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Inadequate funds threaten Africa’s efforts to
finance climate change programs: experts

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- African countries are facing a huge challenge of funding climate change mitigation and adaptation programs to ensure sustainable green economies, experts said Tuesday.

The lack of sufficient funds to invest in various climate change mitigation programs across the continent continues to hinder efforts to achieve sustainable green growth, said Ayaan Adam, director of Private Sector Facility of Green Climate Fund.

Many African countries have established climate funds but they are not harmonized and have challenges of mobilizing funds, Adam said at a panel session during the Africa Green Growth Forum in Kigali, capital of Rwanda.

African countries need to mobilize for funds from development partners and the private sector in order to address challenges associated with lack of means to finance climate change mitigation programs, she said.

There is an urgent need to spur investment in climate action through carbon markets, mechanisms and finance across African economies, said Gerd Droesse, general counsel of World Green Economy Organization.

“We are seeing green innovations come up in African countries but they are lacking sufficient funds to scale them up,” he said.

Inadequate funding remains a persistent challenge despite efforts by African economies to achieve green growth, said Mikko Ollikainen, manager of U.S.- based climate fund Adaptation Fund.

Investments of the private sector investments should help developing countries in Africa that are struggling to mobilize climate funds, build resilience and adapt to climate change, he said.

The inaugural Africa Green Growth Forum running from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30 has attracted more than 1,000 participants, including government officials, climate change experts, environmentalists and investors.

Representatives from the private sector, development partners and civil society organizations are also present at the event to share experiences in green growth and climate resilient development.

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Experts, policy makers push for green growth,
climate resilient development in Africa

KIGALI Rwanda  (Xinhua) -- African countries should take green growth and climate resilient development as a priority for the continent, experts and policymakers said Monday at the inaugural Africa Green Growth Forum in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

To mitigate effects of climate change, countries need to set targets of reaching 100 percent use of renewable energy to avoid emission of hazardous gases, adopt environmentally friendly processes in green building, and practice climate resilient agriculture, said Frank Rijsberman, Director General of inter-governmental organization Global Green Growth Institute, at the opening of the forum that runs from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30.

Renewable energy will help reduce pollution and increase availability of cleaner energy, and make green growth and climate resilience strategy achievable, said Rijsberman.

Each and everyone has a role to play in advancing green growth and climate resilience strategy in development, while educating the wider public about natural resource management, said Fode Ndiaye, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Rwanda.

With increasingly rapid changes in the earth’s climate, and its severe impact on Africa’s development, there is an urgent need to expand the sharing of sustainable development tools and best practices, according to experts.

The forum attracts more than 1,000 participants, including government officials, climate change experts, environmentalists, investors, representatives from the private sector, development partners and civil society organizations, to share experiences in green growth and climate resilient development.

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Lifting of sanctions on Eritrea contributes to develop-
ment in Horn of Africa: Rwandan President

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Rwandan President and current chairperson of the African Union (AU), Paul Kagame, on Saturday hailed the lifting by the UN Security Council of the sanctions against Eritrea.

Kagame made the remarks at the opening of the 11th AU extraordinary summit at the headquarters of the Union in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The United Nations Security Council last Wednesday adopted a resolution lifting the sanctions imposed on the Horn of African nation since December 2009.

This action will contribute to the ongoing process of normalization in the Horn of Africa sub-region, Kagame has noted.

He has also commended Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea for their courageous actions and others for working with the two leaders.

Following the decision of lifting the sanctions, different institutions in Africa, including the AU and the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have hailed the adoption.

The decision is a further step towards the consolidation of the recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa, marked by an improvement of bilateral relations between the countries of the region, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said in a statement on Thursday.

Meanwhile, welcoming the decision, IGAD executive secretary Mahboub Maalim on Friday lauded regional leaders in general, and Eritrea in particular for all the efforts that helped UNSC to lift the sanctions.

Maalim said the historic normalization of the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea is going to have a very positive ramification in the region in terms of cooperation and also towards peace, security and stability.

             

 

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