COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 14 November 2017

COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 14 November 2017

Welcome to the second update from the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn Germany. Follow updates from the Rwanda delegation on Twitter through @EnvironmentRw, @GreenFundRw and @REMA_Rwanda.


Summary of Yesterday's Activities

Preparation of launch of African Circular Economy Alliance: The Rwandan delegation met with the Global Environment Facility to plan for Thursday's launch event. A revised programme was compiled and shared with all organisers.

Minister Biruta Arrives in Bonn: The Head of Delegation, Minister Vincent Biruta, and Rwanda's Ambassador to Germany, Igor Cesar, arrived in Bonn and met with other members of the delegation. The Minister toured the COP23 venue, met with Congo Basin Commission staff (of which he serves as President) and held a team meeting with the delegation to prepare for the week ahead.

Negotiations: Rwanda's Chief Negotiator, Faustin Munyazikwiye, and Amini Mutaganda attended a number of negotiation meetings, including the Head of Delegations gathering to move forward on developing a fair implementation guide for the Paris Agreement.

Today's Major Events

  • 10:00-14:00: High Level Segment - Meeting of African Ministers of Environment (AMCEN) in preparation for the UNFCCC COP23 at the Hotel Bristol by Centro Hotels Prinz-Albert- Straße 2, 53112 Bonn  
  • 16:00-17:00: Conference of Ministers of COMIFAC chaired by Minister Biruta in the Addis Ababa Meeting Room, Bula Zone wth Introductory remarks by Minister Biruta
  • 17:00-18:00: Climate & Clean Air Coalition Ministerial Meeting in the Room Rakiraki, Bula Zone with brief intervention from Minister Biruta
  • 17:00-18:00: Conference of Ministers of Environment of the Congo Basin/Blue Fund to further discuss the Declaration Project Roadmap 2017-2018 in the Addis Ababa meeting room, Bula Zone
  • 18:30 - 19:00: IUCN Forest Cocktail Celebration: Driving Bonn Challenge Momentum (Kigali Declaration) - IUCN Pavilion, Bonn Zone with Keynote Address from Minister Biruta on the status of the Kigali Declaration
  • 18:30-19:30: High level event with partners of COMIFAC in Bula 3 with welcome remarks by Minister Biruta
  • 19:00: European Union Cocktail Reception at the Bonn Marriott World Conference Hotel, Parliament Room
  • 19:00: Official Reception and special concert of Beethoven Orchestra organised by German Federal Foreign Office and City of Bonn at Oper Bonn, Am Boeselagerhof 1, 53111 Bonn

The focus of today at COP23 is gender. Follow @UNFCCC on Twitter to learn more. Download today's full COP23 programme here.


Rwanda's delegation to the UN Climate Talks (L-R): Amini Mutaganda, Alex Mulisa, DG Coletha Ruhamya, Amb. Igor Cesar, Min. Vincent Biruta, Claudette Umulisa, DDG Faustin Munyazikwiye at the UN Climate Talks in Bonn - COP23.


Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Coletha Ruhamya, and Deputy Director General Faustin Munyazikwiye at the UN Climate Talks in Bonn - COP23. 


Cities and regions adopt the ‘Bonn-Fiji Commitment’ on #ClimateAction

COP 23 Media Review - 14 November 2017


  • DW writes about the courageous African youth fighting for climate action
  • EcoWatch reports that some companies have considered to redesign their business schemes to incorporate clean energy
  • The Irish Times writes that COP23 delegates are seeking solutions for greenhouse gas emissions, which rose globally in 2017
  • Watch highlights of COP23's Part 1 on the Climate Conference YouTube Channel


Across Africa

COP23. L'initiative «Water for Africa» dévoile sa feuille de route à Bonn (GeoPolis - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Avec le réchauffement climatique, le stress hydrique est une menace tangible sur le continent africain. Fédérer les projets relatifs à l'eau afin de faciliter leur accès au financement climatique est la raison d'être de l'initiative «De l'eau pour l'Afrique» («Water for Africa») née à la COP22, au Maroc, et qui affiche ses ambitions durant la COP23 présidée par les îles Fidji. Read more

COP23: African youth fighting for climate action (DW - Sunday 12 November 2017) -- By 2050, UNICEF estimates that approximately two out of every five children on our planet will be African. Africa's rapidly burgeoning young generation is viewed by some as a precursor to a range of serious problems across the continent, ranging from unemployment to further migration crises. Read more


From Around The World

Cities and Regions Adopt ‘Bonn-Fiji Commitment’ on Climate Action (UN Climate - Monday 13 November 2017) -- On 12 November, local and regional leaders from around the world issued the “Bonn-Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to Deliver the Paris Agreement at All Levels”, a pledge that signals their commitment to bring forward a critical shift in global development. Read More

COP23 - Day 8: Germany's responsibility to act against climate change (Clean Energy Wire - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Highly industrialised countries like Germany have to advance environmental technologies, invest in these technologies, and find ways to make these competitive as fast as possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in podcast on the weekend. Read more

COP23 Global Climate Action Day on Transport (Climate Conference YouTube Channel - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Reducing emissions from the transport sector is critical to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Watch Here

Alternatives put on table to break pre-2020 impasse at COP23 (The Economic Times - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Negotiators have so far failed to break the ice on the issue of pre-2020 impasse here during the ongoing UN climate change conference. Though an alternative has been put forward to make some progress, the developing countries on Monday refused to go for it and insisted to include pre-2020 issues in the agenda of COP23. Read more

From Facebook to Fetzer, filling a leadership gap at COP23 (Green Biz - Monday 13 November 2017) -- With the 23rd session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties, or COP23, in progress, it isn’t just prime ministers and presidents of nations gathering and negotiating. Read more

COP23: Forward-Thinking Companies Are Shifting Markets and Driving the Clean Energy Transition (EcoWatch - Monday 13 November 2017) -- The Conference of the Parties (COP) is a place for policy and a place for deals. But the COP is also a moment in time—a chance for the wider climate community to reflect on progress towards a clean energy transition, to challenge the terms of the debate, and to put forward ideas, money and commitments to action. Read more

Pacific Island leaders share climate concerns at COP23 (Vatican Radio - Tuesday 13 November 2017) -- Bonn, Germany, a delegation of leaders from the Pacific Island states arrived at the talks over the weekend. Read more

Second Edition of Energy Efficiency Magazine for COP 23 Focuses on Energy Efficiency in Emerging Markets (SDG - Monday 13 November 2017) -- The second edition of the “Energy Efficiency Magazine” for the Bonn Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 23), which is published by AOB Group, a Moroccan Business Consulting Group, and supported by the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), features a range of initiatives highlighting opportunities for, and benefits of, increasing energy efficiency. Read more

After years of holding steady, carbon emissions are now moving in the wrong direction (Quartz - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Between 2014 and 2016, global carbon emissions stayed flat. That may have been false hope. New projections suggest that emissions in 2017 are likely to increase, thwarting the drive toward keeping global temperatures from continuing to rise. Read more

Highlights of Global Climate Action at COP23, Part 1 (Climate Conference YouTube Channel - Monday 13 November 2017) -- The international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, featured major new announcements on the themes of Energy, Water, Agriculture, Oceans & Coastal Zones, Human Settlements, Transport, Industry, and Forests. Watch Here

Greenhouse gas emissions to hit new high in 2017, COP23 hears (The Irish Times - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Stronger Chinese economic growth and greater use of coal will push global greenhouse gas emissions to a record high in 2017, according to a report issued at the UN climate talks in Bonn. Read more

COP23 Special: How land and forests can help meet global goals on climate (Forests News - 13 November 2017) -- There is much political will to meet ambitious goals on forest restoration – just think of the commitment and cooperation achieved in initiating the Aichi Targets, Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests. Read more

Launch of special initiative to address climate change impact on health in Small Island Developing States (UNFCCC - Sunday 12 November 2017) -- Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), the World Health Organization, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat and in partnership with the Fijian Presidency of the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23), has launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change. Read more