​​COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 1​7​ November 2017

COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 1​7​ November 2017
 
Welcome to the ​fifth update from the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn Germany. Follow the latest news from the Rwanda delegation on Twitter through @EnvironmentRw@GreenFundRw and @REMA_Rwanda
 
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Today's Agenda
 
  • 10:00-11:00: Bilateral meeting with the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment, Marie Christine Marghem at Bula 3, First Floor, Room 307

  • 11:00-12:00: Bilateral Meeting with Miguel Arias Cañete (TBC)

  • 16:00-18:00: Signing ceremony of the Letter of Intent between Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda and Ulrike Hofken, Minister for Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry, State of Rhineland - Palatinate, Germany  

 
Yesterday's Activities 
  • Convention on Biological Diversity High-Level Breakfast Roundtable
    • At the breakfast, Minister Biruta shared the importance of biodiversity for Rwanda and explained how the revenue sharing scheme is working. 
  • Meeting with Executive Secretary Convention on Biological Diversity Executive Secretary 
    • The Minister and Ambassador meet with the Executive Secretary and discussed her upcoming field visit to Rwanda. 
  • Joint Committee Meeting on Implementation of Memorandum of Understanding with Italy
    • DG Ruhamya signed a work plan with the Italian Government. 
  • GEF/GCF Side Event: Strengthening Collaboration to Support Countries in Implementing the Paris Agreement
    • Minister Biruta detailed the ways in which international climate finance institutions can improve inefficiencies and the importance for having the private sector on board. 
  • Launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance
    • South Africa, Nigeria and Rwanda along with the GEF and WEF officially launched the African Circular Economy Alliance. 
  • Bilateral Meeting with Edna Molewa, Minister for Environmental Affairs, South Africa
    • The two countries committed to expand areas of partnership and finalise an MoU and a work plan. 
  • Delivery of National Statement
    • In Rwanda's national statement, Minister Biruta called on countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment.
  • Diplomatic Dinner event on Fighting Desertification Together

Photos

Minister Biruta speaks at the Convention on Biological Diversity High-Level Breakfast Roundtable on the sidelines of COP23.

 

Discussion leaders and panellists of the GEF/GCF Side Event: Strengthening Collaboration to Support Countries in Implementing the Paris Agreement 

 

Minister Biruta speaks at the launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance.

 

 The GEF CEO, Naoko Ishii, said the launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance is like a dream come true. 

 

South Africa, Rwanda and Nigeria - along with the World Economic Forum and the GEF - officially launch the African Circular Economy Alliance. 

 

Rwanda's delegation meets with South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Enda Molewa. 

 

Minister Biruta delivers Rwanda's National Statement to the plenary at COP23 

 

Minister Biruta and Ambassador Cesar attended a Diplomatic Dinner on Fighting Desertification Together with Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD

 

COP 23 Media Review - 17 November 2017
 
Summary
  • Read Rwanda's National Statement at COP23, delivered by Minister Biruta to the high level plenary segment
  • View photos of the Rwandan Delegation's activities at COP23, including the launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance
  • Ghana News writes that the AU urged African nations at COP23 to yield financing doors for stronger climate action
  • The Independent writes that so far 15 countries have teamed up against use of coal while at COP23
  • UNFCCC publishes a story about the collaboration between Italy and the UN in a Fellowship Programme to support climate vulnerable countries
 
Review
 
Rwanda 
 
Remarks​ ​by​ ​Minister​ ​Vincent​ ​Biruta at the Launch​ ​of​ ​the​ ​African​ ​Circular​ ​Economy​ ​Alliance (Rwanda Green Fund website - Friday 17 November 2017) -- As we launch the Alliance, we need to turn our ideas into action. Rwanda is excited to work with other governments, businesses and organisations across the world to fast track the circular economy agenda in Africa. Read More 
 
Rwanda National Statement to the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany (Rwanda Green Fund website - Friday 17 November 2017) -- We need to increase the pace of developing the Paris Agreement rulebook, we need to allow the Adaptation Fund to serve the Paris Agreement, and we need to ensure the same rigour of transparency that will be applied to emissions reporting is also applied to climate finance and technology transfer. Read More 
 
Photos: Convention on Biological Diversity High-Level Breakfast Roundtable at COP23 (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Friday 17 November 2017) -- View Images
 
Photos: GEF/GCF Side Event: Strengthening Collaboration to Support Countries in Implementing the Paris Agreement at COP23 (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Friday 17 November 2017) -- View Images 
 
Photos Launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance at COP23 (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Friday 17 November 2017) -- View Images
 
Photos: Minister Biruta delivers Rwanda's National Statement at COP23, Bonn, Germany (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Friday 17 November 2017) -- View Images
 
Photos: Diplomatic Dinner event on Fighting Desertification Together  (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Friday 17 November 2017) -- View Images
 
 
Across Africa
 
Our Beautiful Planet: Pacific Paradise at risk (DW - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Fiji holds the presidency for this year's UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in Bonn, Germany. The island archipelago boasts stunning natural beauty - but it’s already suffering the effects of global warming. Read more
 
AU calls for long-term financing for Climate Change at COP23 (Ghana News - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- The African Union Commission has called on Africans attending the ongoing UN Conference of Parties (COP23) underway in Bonn, Germany, to push for an outcome of concrete treaty that would ensure long-term financing for climate change. Read more
 
COP23 focus on early warning systems (Relief Web - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Vulnerable communities in Africa, the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation. Read more
 
 
From Around The World
 
COP23: At least 15 countries join anti-coal alliance in defiant message to Trump (The Independent - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- At least 15 countries have joined an alliance against coal use at the ongoing United Nations climate change negotiations taking place in Bonn, Germany. Read more
 
COP23 video: What needs to happen by COP24 to keep the Paris Agreement on track? (Carbon Brief - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- A large proportion of the talks has been focused on making progress across a range of issues before the next COP, which is due to be held in Katowice, Poland. Read more
 
Day 11: Germany ratifies Doha / Canada, UK march ahead on coal (Clean Energy Wire - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Germany ratifies Doha without joint EU move / “If the talks continue this way, we will reach our negotiation targets” – German negotiator / UK and Canada march ahead on coal exit, NGOs criticise Germany / “Move away from fossils if you want support for UN Security Council membership”, Tuvalu PM tells Germany. Read more
 
Journey to a Climate Neutral Future Starts at the Airport (UNFCCC website - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Airports have been taking a lead role in reducing the emissions from aviation and can help further to bring down the carbon footprint of a sector which is still growing rapidly, airport managers said at a UN Climate Change secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now event at COP23. Read more
 
23 terms you should know about COP23 (Green Biz - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- International climate change negotiations can be hard to follow. Scientific language such as "radiative forcing" and "sulfur dioxide" sit alongside acronyms such as UNFCCC, SDG and CMA. The Paris Agreement on climate change practically spawned its own language, with new terms such as "facilitative dialogue" and "Global Stocktake." Read more
 
Italy and UN Launch Fellowship Programme for Climate Vulnerable Countries (UNFCCC website - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- The Government of Italy and UN Climate Change have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a new Fellowship Programme aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to respond to the challenges arising from climate change. Read more
 
COP23: High-level speakers pledge support for developing countries — but is it enough? (Devex - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Heads of state and ministers from around the world spoke at COP23 on Wednesday, kicking off the high-level segment of the U.N. climate conference. But it might have been the least known speaker who left the biggest impression. Read more
 
Uniting for Climate Education at COP23 (Climate Conference YouTube Channel - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Building on the successful mobilization at COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Marrakech, Education Day is going into it’s third round at COP23. Watch Here