Green Rwanda Media Review - ​17 November 2017

Green Rwanda Media Review - ​17 November 2017


  • Kigali Today writes that the City of Kigali is assessing the possibility of using bricks for construction
  • Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies features Rwanda's Parfait Gasana talking about COP23
  • DW writes about the ​​coura​​geous African youth fighting for climate action
  • Read the remarks of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres who encouraged countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment
  • View photos from Rwanda's delegation to the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn on the Ministry of Environment Flickr account ​
  • UN Treaty Collection reports that 19 countries ​have ratified the Kigali Amendment 
  • View Daily Updates from Rwanda's delegation to the COP23 UN Climate Talks on the Rwanda Green Fund website Read Rwanda's National Statement at the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn



Kigali Considers Use Of Mud Bricks For Construction (KT Press - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- It may be possible to construct a house in Kigali using improved mud bricks if research being conducted endorses the idea. Read more

Rwinkwavu: Bimwe ingurane ku butaka bucukurwamo amabuye y’agaciro kuva 2006 (Umuseke - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Imiryango 15 yo mu kagari ka Gihinga mu murenge wa Rwinkwavu mu karere ka Kayonza barasaba Leta kubumvikanisha na kampani yitwa Wolfram mining Processing Ltd icukura amabuye y’agaciro bayirega kwigabiza imirima yabo kuva 2005 igacukuramo amabuye y’agaciro nta ngurane ibahaye. Read more

Hon. Vincent Biruta, UNFCCC COP23 IUCN Pavilion, 14 Nov 2017 ​​(IUCN Forests - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- Hon. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda, highlighted the immense potential of the Bonn Challenge and forest landscape restoration to help African countries achieve their NDCs. Watch Here

Gakenke: Yakuwe mu modoka na Polisi ajya gutora agacupa yataye mu muhanda (Igihe - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- Umushoferi utaramenyekanye izina wavaga mu Mujyi wa Kigali yerekeza mu Ntara y’Amajyaruguru yataye agacupa gashizemo amazi yanywaga mu muhanda, Polisi ihita imuhagarika, avamo ajya kugatora, kuwa14 Ugushyingo 2017. Read more

U Bwongereza bwemeje burundu amavugurura ya Kigali ku ikoreshwa ry’imyuka yongera ubushyuhe bw’Isi (Igihe - Tuesday 14 November 2017) -- Amavugurura ya Kigali agena ko ibihugu bigomba kugabanya ikoreshwa ry’imyuka izwi nka hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs) ku gipimo cya 85% hagati y’umwaka wa 2019 na 2036. Ni imyuka ituruka mu byuma byohereza umwuka mu nyubako cyangwa ibikonjesha nka za firigo. Read more

Yale at COP23: On the Ground in Bonn (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Forty members of the Yale community, including faculty, alumni, and 35 students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), will be in Bonn, Germany this month as global leaders gather for the 23rd “conference of the parties” (COP23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read more

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (UN Treaty Collection - 15 October 2017) -- At the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, held in Kigali from 10 to 15 October 2016, the Parties adopted, in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 4 of article 9 of the 1985 Vienna Convention. Read more

Across Africa Africa Day At COP23 (AfDB website - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- On Wednesday, 15 November 2017, COP23 will celebrate Africa Day, a joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). 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

Egypt's participation will add new tonic to Nile Basin Initiative (The New Times - Saturday 11 November 2017) -- One of the main highlights of the recent Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) meetings was Egypt’s consideration to participate in NBI activities after a seven-year hiatus. Read more


From Around The World

IUCN to enhance countries’ restoration efforts under the Paris climate agreement as Bonn Challenge passes 160 million hectares ​​(IUCN - Thursday 16 November 2017) -- At the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP23) in Bonn, Germany, IUCN shared its plans for increased effort to enhance countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by building on the Bonn Challenge and existing forest landscape restoration commitments. Read more​​

COP23: Our changing world (DW - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- Watch here Climate change will determine humanity's destiny, says Angela Merkel (The Guardian - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- “Climate change is an issue determining our destiny as mankind – it will determine the wellbeing of all of us,” the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has told the world’s nations gathered at a climate summit. Read more

Secretary-General’s remarks at the High-level event at COP23 (UN - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, I thank Prime Minister Bainimarana for his remarks. And I want to congratulate him for his remarkable Presidency of COP23. My sincere gratitude for the excellent work that Fiji, the Government of Fiji and yourself, Prime Minister, have done. Read more | Watch here

Major Climate Insurance Initiative to be Launched at COP23 (UNFCCC website - Tuesday 14 November 2017) -- On Tuesday, 14 November, A major new global partnership to bring affordable insurance and other financial protection cover to millions more vulnerable people will be announced today as part of the High-Level Presidency Event on Resilience and Risk Sharing. Read more

How to Ensure Farming is More Than Just a Footnote in Climate Talks (IPS News - Tuesday 14 November 2017) -- If change comes from within, then climate action in agriculture must logically start with farmers. They need to find ways to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Read more

COP23 Global Climate Action: Finance for Climate and Sustainable Cities (Climate Conference YouTube Channel - Tuesday 14 November 2017) -- How can investment into climate-friendly technologies and climate resilience be mobilized? What is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of making cities sustainable - and what role can women play in working towards this goal? Questions that were addressed during the COP23. Watch Here

Huye: Rotary Club yinjiye mu rugamba rwo kurengera ibidukikije (Igihe - Monday 13 November 2017) -- Abanyamuryango ba Rotary Club, umuryango ukora ibikorwa by’ubugiraneza birimo gufasha abatishoboye no gutera inkunga amashuri n’amavuriro, batangiye ibikorwa byo kurengera ibidukikije no kubibungabunga. Read more

Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity (The Washington Post - Monday 13 November 2017) -- In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point and were well on the way to ruining the planet. Read more 


Sector Updates

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

Photos: Opening of the COP23 High Level Segment in Bonn, Germany (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- View Images

Photos: COP23 Side Event - Green & Climate Resilient Rwanda (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- View Images

Photos: Rwanda's Delegation to the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany (Ministry of Environment Flickr Account - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- View Photos

Remarks by Minister Vincent Biruta at the 2017 Climate and Clean Air Coalition High Level Assembly (Rwanda Green Fund website - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- It is my pleasure to be with you today and I thank the co-chairs for allowing me to provide a brief intervention at today’s assembly. I wish to recognise the climate benefits that have been registered thanks to the work of the Coalition. By working together, sharing experiences and technology, there is no doubt we can effectively reduce the threat posed by short lived climate pollutants to our natural environment and our societies. Read More

Remarks by Minister Vincent Biruta at IUCN Bonn Challenge Celebration (Rwanda Green Fund website - Wednesday 15 November 2017) -- Rwanda was an early adopter of the forest landscape restoration approach. In 2011, my country pledged ‘border to border’ restoration of 2 million hectares under the Bonn Challenge. Since then, we have worked to foster regional collaboration to protect and restore our precious land. Read More

Forests are a Sure Way to Sustainable Development - Minister Tumushimwe (Water for Growth website - Saturday 11 November 2017) -- Everyone must play their part in plating forests as a path to the country’s sustainable development. This call was made by the Minister of Lands and Forestry, Hon. Francine Tumushime in Kicukiro district during a special Umuganda organised as part of the ongoing forest planting campaign. Read more