COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 13 November 2017

COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 13 November 2017

Welcome to the first daily update from Rwanda's delegation to the UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany - known as COP23. In these updates, we will share information related to the work of the delegation, progress of negotiation as well as speeches, stories and photos. We will also share relevant media coverage of the talks.

Follow updates from the delegation on Twitter through @EnvironmentRw, @GreenFundRw and @REMA_Rwanda.


Summary of Week One Activities

Negotiations: Over the last week, the Rwandan delegation has participated in the COP23 technical meetings, and worked for a common position amongst the G77+China countries as well as the Least Developed Countries group of nations. Rwanda's negotiation team has been led by Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General of REMA, and included Biodiversity Management Specialist at the Ministry of Environment, Marshall Banamwana, and Amini Mutaganda. The goal of the negotiations is to develop a clear, transparent and fair implementation guide for the Paris Agreement.

Side Events: Rwanda has participated in a number of side events to share its experience in low carbon development and building climate resilience. Alex Mulisa from the Rwanda Green Fund has spoken about the country's efforts and role of the fund, as well as the challenges and opportunity in climate smart agriculture.

Today's Major Events

  • 11:00-12:00: Preparatory Meeting for the launch of the African Circular Economy Alliance at the African Pavilion 
  • 16:00-18:00: Conference of Ministers of Environment of the Congo Basin/Blue Fund to further discuss the Declaration Project Roadmap 2017-2018 at Marriott Hotel
  • 18:00-19:00: Rwanda Delegation Team Meeting 



Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General of REMA, and Marshall Banamwana, Biodiversity Management Specialist at the Ministry of Environment, attend the opening of the COP23 UN Climate Talks \


Alex Mulisa from the Rwanda Green Fund speaks about the country's climate resilience efforts and role of the fund, as well as the challenges and opportunities in climate smart agriculture 


Jochen Flasbarth, German State Secretary; Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary; Inia Seruiratu, Fijian Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management & Meteorological Services, and Global Climate Action Champion participate in symbolic bike ride ahead of COP23.


COP23 Media Review ​ 


Bonn COP23: Rwanda seeks transparency in climate change financing (The New Times - Monday 9 November 2017) -- As world leaders converge in the German city of Bonn for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week, Rwanda will be looking forward to successful negotiations that would lead to a clear Paris Agreement roadmap. Read more

COP23: Rwanda pour un financement palliatif au changement climatique (Igihe - Wednesday 8 November 2017) -- Ce plan définira les modalités selon lesquelles les pays développés fourniront des technologies et des financements aux pays vulnérables pour lutter contre les changements climatiques, ont indiqué des responsables. Read more


Across Africa

COP23: Africa makes itself heard (DW - Wednesday 8 November 2017) -- As the COP23 climate change summit kicks off, African participants are working to ensure their voices are heard, amid fears that the so-called "Trump effect" could make matters worse for developing states. Read More


From Around The World

What’s at Stake in the Bonn Climate Talks? (The New York Times - Friday 10 November 2017) -- The world’s nations are still struggling to translate their lofty promises into meaningful cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Which explains why diplomats are now meeting for yet another round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany, which began on Nov. 6 and continue through Friday. Read More

One nation, two tribes: opposing visions of US climate role on show in Bonn (The Guardian - Thursday 9 November 2017) -- Deep schisms in the US over climate change are on show at the UN climate talks in Bonn – where two sharply different visions of America’s role in addressing dangerous global warming have been put forward to the world. Read More

Progress on Assessing Adaptation at the Global Level is Needed to Meet Paris Goals (UNFCCC - Thursday 8 November 2017) -- Bonn, 8 November 2017 – Progress needs to be made towards assessing adaptation at the global level to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement, according to a new UN assessment. Read More

Opening of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (Climate Conference - Tuesday 7 November 2017) -- Watch Here

Bonn: UN climate conference aims for greater ambition as 2017 set to be among top three hottest years (UN News Centre - Monday 6 November 2017) -- The United Nations Climate Conference opened on Monday in Bonn, Germany, with the aim of a greater ambition for climate action, as the world body’s weather agency issued a stark warning that 2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record. Read More

COP23: What to expect from the UN's latest climate talks (The Independent - Monday 6 November 2017) -- The United Nations is hosting the annual climate change conference in Bonn, Germany this year and the first one taking place since US President Donald Trump took office. Read More

The UN Climate Change Conference - November 2017 will take place 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji (UNFCCC - Monday 6 November 2017) -- View Photos