Final COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 1​8 November 2017

Final COP23 UN Climate Talks - Rwanda Delegation Daily Update - 1​8 November 2017

Welcome to the ​final ​update from the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn Germany. We hope you have found these updates informative and useful. Don't forget to check out the photos from the delegation's work at COP23 on the Ministry Flickr account here. In good news, 21 countries have now ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. This means the amendment will come into force in January 2019. View a joint statement from the High Ambition Coalition attached. 


Summary of Yesterday's Activities

  • Meeting with the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment, Marie Christine Marghem
    • In the bilateral meeting, Minister Marghem and Minister Biruta discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and the opportunities to expand the partnership.
  • Minister Marghem said that Belgium will soon ratify the Kigali Amendment and encouraged Rwanda to submit experts to be part of assessing Greenhouse Gas Inventories submitted as part of National Communications.
    • 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
  • At the ceremony, the two ministers signed a letter of intent that will see Nyungwe & Hunsrück-Hochwald National Parks cooperate on research, education, park management, tourism promotion, agroforestry, as well as the preservation of genetic resources.
    • See attached Minister Biruta's remarks at the ceremony.





COP23 Media Review - 1​8​ November 2017


  • The New Times reports that Minister Biruta encouraged transparency in climate finance to foster climate resilience for all countries
  • ​RFI publishes a story about COP23's role for African countries​
  • ​CNBC writes that UK and Canada will spearhead negotiations of driving the globe away from coal use


Review Rwanda

We need transparency in climate finance, tech transfer, Dr Biruta tells global leaders (The New Times - Saturday 18 November 2017) -- Environment minister Vincent Biruta has urged signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, mainly the developed countries, to ensure efforts to mitigate climate change are transparent and expedited. Read more

Across Africa

What will Cop23 mean to African countries? (RFI - Friday 17 November 2017) -- As the Cop23 climate change summit draws to a close in Bonn, African states and organisations are putting pressure on developed countries to commit to more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. Read more

COP23: What did Africa achieve? (DW - Friday 17 November 2017) -- This year's climate conference has squarely put the onus on wealthy, high-carbon emitters. African delegates continue to call for less rhetoric and more action for the sake of smaller, high-risk nations. Read more


From Around The World

'Planet at a crossroads’: climate summit makes progress but leaves much to do (The Guardian - Friday 17 November 2017) -- The world’s nations were confident they were making important progress in turning continued political commitment into real world action, as the global climate change summit in Bonn was drawing to a close on Friday. Read more

Is Trump the only villain of COP23? ​​​​(Huffington Post - Friday 17 November 2017) -- ​​I have been at COP23 for the past two weeks. 20,000 people - world leaders, delegates, NGOs, indigenous groups from countries from around the world - descended on the small sleepy town of Bonn, Germany to negotiate the details of implementation for the Paris Agreement. Corporations and lobbies came to push their toxic fossil fuel agendas. Read more​​

UK and Canada look to lead fight against coal at COP23 climate change talks (CNBC - Friday 17 November 2017) -- The U.K. and Canada have launched a global alliance committed to moving the planet away from burning coal and towards cleaner sources of power. Read more​​

​COP23 - Day 12: Germany positive on results despite unresolved issues (Clean Energy Wire - Friday 17 November 2017) -- Bonn had delivered what was necessary to be on schedule for the decisions needed at COP24 in Katowice, the Germany delegation said, while negotiations continued due to unresolved issues. Read more

German Government Points to Talanoa Dialogue for Achieving Purpose of COP23 in Bonn (Huffington Post - Friday 17 November 2017) -- The German government presented a summary press conference this afternoon on the final day of COP23 in Bonn. Read more

COP23: Should climate summits always happen in Bonn? (DW - Friday 17 November 2017) -- In the conclusion of our COP Secret series, we ask delegates whether this year's co-hosting between Germany and Fiji has worked, or if it has amounted to mere tokenization. Could this set-up be replicated in the future? Read more