Green Rwanda Media Review - ​24 November 2017


  • The New Times reports that private sector should play key role in addressing climate change
  • The New Times reports that Rwanda and Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for climate action
  • The UN Environment publishes a story on how the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is one of the most successful international treaties ever introduced
  • NRDC reports that the world is gathering in Montreal, as one of many other reasons, to celebrate 30 years of effective outcomes of MOP
  • View and download photos of Rwanda's delegation and activities at the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol 




Lack of private sector involvement ‘hindering climate change adaptation’ (The New Times - Thursday 23 November 2017) -- Low level of private sector investment in climate adaptation projects continues to dog the implementation of measures to mitigate the climate change impact despite good policies in place plus untapped opportunities. Read more

Rwanda, Canada in new environmental protection deal (The New Times - Wednesday 22 November 2017) -- Minister of Environment Vincent Biruta and Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna on Monday signed in Montreal an agreement on environmental management that will see both countries work together to fight climate change. Read more

Rwanda making progress in reduction of undernourishment – FAO report (The New Times - Tuesday 21 November 2017) -- Few countries in sub-Saharan Africa, notably Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, reduced undernourishment while several others experienced a rise between 2009-2011 and 2014–2016, the Food and Agriculture Organisation regional overview of food security and nutrition report, 2017 shows. Read more

Rwinkwavu: Baracukura ntibasibe ibirombe, umuturage yabiguyemo arapfa (Umuseke - Tuesday 21 November 2017) -- Kayonza – Mu kagari ka Gihinga Umurenge wa Rwinkwavu abaturage baho babangamiwe n’abacukura amabuye y’agaciro barangiza ntibasibe aho bacukuye kandi hamwe ari hafi y’ingo. Ikirombe kimwe giherutse kugwamo umugore arapfa akimaramo iminsi 10 yaraburiwe irengero. Ababicukura bo bahakana ko ibi byabayeho. Read more

Canada and Rwanda agree to cooperate on environmental protection and climate change (Government of Canada Website - Monday 20 November 2017) -- The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, met with Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, to sign a memorandum of understanding on environmental cooperation. Read more

Duhindure imikorere duhangane n’ihindagurika ry’ikirere (Umuseke - Tuesday 21 November 2017) -- Ingaruka z’imihindagurikire y’ikirere ni ikibazo giteye inkeke abatuye isi n’abanyarwanda by’umwihariko bamaze igihe babona ingaruka kubera izuba ry’igikatu kandi ritinda, imvura igwa nabi n’imiyaga myinshi byose biza mu buryo butandukanye n’uko cyera byahoze bikangiza byinshi. Read more

21 Parties Ratify Kigali Amendment ahead of Montreal MOP 29 (SDG - Monday 20 November 2017) -- With the deposits of ratification by Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago on 17 November 2017, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol has exceeded the 20-Party threshold for entry into force. Read more

Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol enters into force in 2019 (The New Times - Sunday 19 November 2017) -- The landmark Kigali Amendment that took seven years of negotiations and kept parties to the Montreal Protocol awake in Kigali Convention Centre’s main auditorium for 24 hours is now clear to enter into force. Read more

Amavugurura ya Kigali ku masezerano ya Montréal yemejwe bidasubirwaho, agiye gutangira gukurikizwa (Igihe - Sunday 19 November 2017) -- Ibyavugururiwe i Kigali mu masezerano ya Montréal ku ikoreshwa ry’ibintu byangiza akayunguruzo k’imirasire y’izuba, byamazwe kwemezwa burundu n’ibihugu 20 byari bikenewe, ku buryo ayo masezerano agomba gutangira gushyirwa mu bikorwa guhera kuwa 1 Mutarama 2019. Read more


Across Africa

Recycling e-waste can help create jobs and reduce poverty in Africa (Daily Nation - Thursday 23 November 2017) -- The “trash is cash” slogan is currently being used so that waste is viewed through a new and innovative lens. Read more


From Around The World

How to Talk to Your Relatives About Climate Change: A Guide for the Holidays (Eco Watch - Thursday 23 November 2017) -- Most people who know me are too polite to question climate change when I'm around, but there are relatives and old family friends who hint at the great divide between their worldviews and mine. Read more ​​

Air pollution is associated with poorer quality sperm, finds study (Independent - Wednesday 22 November 2017) -- A possible link has been found between air pollution and a drop in sperm quality. Read more ​​

The Montreal Protocol: triumph by treaty (UN Environment - Monday 20 November 2017) -- Ozone depletion was the first human threat to the global atmosphere to be recognized. It was also the first to be addressed by the international community. The results have been truly remarkable. Read more​

Montreal Holds 30th B-Day Party for Ozone-Saving Treaty (NRDC - Sunday 19 November 2017) -- The world returns to Montreal this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer. Read more


Sector Updates

Photos: Rwanda at the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol - Montreal, Canada (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Thursday 23 November 2017) -- The 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol took place in Montreal, Canada. Rwanda was represented by Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Juliet Kabera, Director General of Environment and Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment and Shakilla Umutoni, Head of Mission for the Rwandan High Commission to Canada. View Photos

Photos: Ministry of Environment - Rwanda Signing Ceremony - Rwanda and Canada Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation (Ministry of Environment Rwanda Flickr page - Monday 20 November 2017) -- Rwanda's Minister of Environment Vincent Biruta and Canada's Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation with a focus on climate change, green economy, sustainable urban wetland management and environmental compliance and enforcement. View Photos

Rwanda's Delegation to the COP23 UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany (Ministry of Environment Flickr page - Friday 17 November 2017) -- View Photos


Upcoming Sector Events

  • 4-8 December: Rwanda Green Growth Week 4 December 2017: International Day of Mining
  • 11-15 December 2017: Climate Investment Funds Board Meeting, Washington DC, USA
  • 23 January 2018: World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland 
  • 27 February - 1 March 2018: Green Climate Fund Board Meeting