Green Rwanda Media Review 22 September 2017

Green Rwanda Media Review - 22 September 2017

Summary
"Fewer than 15 additional ratifications are needed in order for the Kigali Amendment to come into force in 2019." - President Kagame at the UN General Assembly
Akagera National Park announces that the first rhino calf has been born in the park in over a decade
The New Times reports that Rwanda is encouraging countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment pivotal for climate action
Xinhua reports that Rwanda has launched a new agro-forestry strategy to boost farmers' harvest while protecting the environment
The Rwanda Green Fund publishes a story about the collaboration between Rwanda and Canada to encourage ratification of Kigali Amendment
Water for Growth writes that it hosted a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the lower Nyabarongo catchment plan
View and download photos ​of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Summit on Ministry of Environment's Flickr page

Review

Rwanda

Rhino calf born in Akagera (Akagera Facebook Page - Friday 22 September 2017) -- We are pleased to announce that rhino calf has been born in Akagera National Park! This is the first rhino to be born in Rwanda in over a decade. Read More

Rwanda launches new agro-forestry strategy (Xinhua - Wednesday 20 September 2017) --- A new ten-year national strategy to scale up agro-forestry was Wednesday unveiled in Rwanda's capital Kigali. Read more

Plans on to expand land for gorillas as they increase (The East African - Wednesday 20 September 2017) --- The rapid growth of the gorilla population in Rwanda is posing serious conservation challenges and prompting the government to start the process of expanding their habitat. Read more

Reform UN to Fit Global Challenges – Kagame (KT Press - Wednesday 20 September 2017) --- President Paul Kagame has called for reforms of the United Nations body to fit the current challenges the world is facing. Read more

​Rwandan alternative packaging industry eyes external market (The New Times - Wednesday 20 September 2017) --- Rwanda’s import-export gap in packaging could be reduced as local alternative packaging manufacturers seek to tap into regional market such as Kenya, which recently banned use of non-biodegradable plastic bags. Read more

Heavy rains displace 120,000 people- report (Daily Monitor - Sunday 17 September 2017) --- About 12,000 people in over 20 districts have been displaced by landslides, storms and floods following the second season rainfall in Uganda, according to the September Early Warning Bulletin released by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Read more

Norwegian companies explore opportunities in energy sector (The New Times - Monday 18 September 2017) --- A delegation of representatives from 10 companies in the Norwegian energy sector is in the country for the Rwanda-Norway Energy Forum, which explored opportunities in the local energy sector. Read more

Kwita Izina: Meet the gorilla namers (The New Times - Sunday 17 September 2017) --- “Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, we have come to that part of today’s ceremony that I know you’ve all been looking forward to –the naming of the 19 gorillas that we have today.” Read more. Read more

Rwanda Wins Global Sustainable Entrepreneurship Challenge (Rwanda Eye - Friday 15 September 2017) --- Rwandan start-up EarthEnable has won a €500,000 prize in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017- a global competition in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship. Read more

​Montreal Protocol: Successful Ozone and Climate Agreement Turns 30 (IISD - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Three decades after its conception, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer celebrated its 30th anniversary, on 16 September 2017. Calling it a “milestone for all people and our planet,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the positive impacts of the Protocol on human health, poverty eradication, climate change and protecting the food chain. Read More

U Rwanda rwasabye amahanga kwemeza byihuse amavugurura ya Kigali ku myuka ihumanya ikirere (Igihe - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Minisitiri w’Ibidukikije, Dr Vincent Biruta, yasabye amahanga kwihutisha kwemeza burundu amavugurura yakorewe i Kigali ku masezerano ya Montreal, agena uburyo bwo kugabanya ikorwa n’ikoreshwa ry’imyuka ya ‘Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) igira uruhare runini mu izamuka ry’ubushyuhe bw’Isi. Read More

​Across Africa

Climate change requires most urgent mitigation measures, African leaders tell UN Assembly (UN News Centre - Thursday 21 September 2017) -- Citing the spate of recent devastating hurricanes, African leaders – from small island States to larger landlocked countries – mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for urgent measures to mitigate the effects of climate change. Read More

As Africa Warms, Mosquito Carrying Zika, Dengue More Likely to Thrive (Voice of America - Thursday 21 September 2017) -- From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. Read More

​​From Around The World

​French initiative to create global environment pact deserves support, says Secretary-General (UN News - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged global support for France’s initiative to create the first international legally binding document on the environment, at an event held on the margins of the annual leaders’ summit of the General Assembly. Read More

U.S. Attends Meeting on Paris Climate Accord, Still Plans to Withdraw (New York Times - Saturday 16 September 2017) -- The United States attended a Saturday meeting of ministers from more than 30 of the nations that signed the Paris climate-change agreement, though the White House issued a statement saying it will stick with plans to pull out of the deal. Read More ​

Major powers to push Paris climate deal forward without Trump (RFI - Saturday 16 September 2017) -- Some 30 environment ministers will push forward on the Paris climate accord at a meeting Saturday requested by Canada, China and the European Union. Read More

Canada celebrates 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol (Government of Canada - Friday 15 September 2017) -- Canada is urging countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol as soon as possible to start implementing it and maximize its climate benefits. The amendment is an important step towards achieving the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming below two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Read More

Canada, China, EU and partners push forward on Paris climate accord (AFP - Friday 15 September 2017) -- When Trump chose to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, Canada, China and the European Union immediately reaffirmed their respective commitments to the climate pact, and in July the G20 called the accord "irreversible." Read More

Still fresh at 30: Ozone hole healing, Montreal Protocol takes on climate change (UN Environment - Thursday 13 September 2017) -- The Montreal Protocol is as relevant today as it was in the 1980s, not just for the ozone layer but also for efforts to tackle global warming. Read More

Top White House Official to Discuss Climate Change at U.N. (The New York Times - 12 September 2017) -- Gary D. Cohn, the chief White House economic adviser, is convening senior climate and energy ministers from about a dozen nations in advance of next week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, the White House confirmed Tuesday. Read More

Kigali Amendment

​Address by President Paul Kagame at the General debate of the 72nd regular session United Nations General Assembly (Paul Kagame - Wednesday 20 September 2017) -- "Canada and Rwanda, together with other stakeholders, are working to raise awareness of the tremendous impact we can have, right away, by ratifying and implementing the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. This is among the most important actions that a country can take to directly tackle climate change and re-affirm the commitment to the Paris Agreement. Fewer than 15 additional ratifications are needed in order for the Kigali Amendment to come into force in 2019." Read Here | Watch Here | View Photos

​Rwanda rallies world to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol (The New Times - Wednesday 20 September 2017) --- Speedy ratification of Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol will go a long way in benefiting individual countries in ending the use of dangerous gases (hydrofluorocarbons) and protecting climate, Environment minister Vincent Biruta has said. Read more

Canada and Rwanda urge countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment (Climate and Clean Air Coalition - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Ministers Catherine McKenna (Canada) and Vincent Biruta (Rwanda) have called on at least 20 Partners to ratify the Kigali Amendment by the 30th anniversary meeting of the Montreal Protocol on November 20-24th, 2017. Watch Video

Rwanda Pushes Envelop For The Montreal Protocol (Taarifa - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Rwanda’s Minister of Environment Dr. Vincent Biruta has called for quick ratification of Kigali amendment if there is to be an end for the use of hydrofluorocarbons to protect the environment. This was on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York. Read More

Rwanda Pushes World to Ratify ‘Kigali Amendment’ (KT Press - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Barely a year after the ‘Kigali Amendment’ was signed to scale down production and consumption of hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs), Rwanda wants all signatory countries to ratify the agreement. The Kigali Amendment seeks to avoid emissions of over 70 billion tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) by 2050. Read More

U Rwanda rwasabye amahanga kwemeza byihuse amavugurura ya Kigali ku myuka ihumanya ikirere (Igihe - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Ni mu nama yabereye i New York kuri uyu wa Mbere, yitabirwa n’abaminisitiri barebana n’ibidukikije ba Canada, u Bufaransa, Costa Rica n’abandi bayobozi ku rwego rw’Umuryango w’Abibumbye, igamije gushishikariza ibihugu kwemeza ibyavugururiwe i Kigali kuwa 15 Ukwakira 2016. Read More

​Industry to Trump: Keep Obama climate policy (Axios - Monday 18 September 2017) -- The Kigali amendment, as it's known, has faced little political pushback compared to the Paris climate deal, which Obama entered into unilaterally and which Trump has said the United States is abandoning. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a vocal critic of the Paris accord, has not commented about this issue publicly much, if at all. Read More

UNGA High-Level Event: On Montreal Protocol’s 30th Anniversary Canada & Rwanda Urge Rapid Ratification of Kigali Amendment (IGSD - Monday 18 September 2017) -- Ministers and top UN leaders yesterday urged the world’s nations to quickly ratify an international agreement that could prevent up to half a degree of global warming this century. Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Rwanda, and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, hosted a high-level event at the United Nations General Assembly to press for ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Read More

Live from the UN General Assembly with Vincent Biruta, Environment Minister of Rwanda (United Nations Facebook - Monday 18 September 2017) -- Minister Biruta on why the Kigali Amendment is so important for effective action on climate change. Watch Here

UNGA High-Level Event Monday on Montreal Protocol’s 30th Anniversary Canada & Rwanda Urge Rapid Ratification of Kigali Amendment (IGSD - Monday 18 September 2017) -- Today at 6:30 p.m. at UN Headquarters in New York, Conference Room 11 the Minister of Natural Resources of the Republic of Rwanda, Dr. Vincent Biruta, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, Catherine McKenna, will host a high-level event on Ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Read More

Mauritius: Workshop to Discuss the Way Forward for Preservation of Ozone Layer (Government of Mauritius - Monday 18 September 2017) -- A sensitisation workshop on the Kigali Amendment in the context of activities marking the 2017 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was launched this morning by the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava in presence of other eminent personalities. Read More

​Canada climate minister pushes for Paris accord progress (AFP - 16 Saturday September 2017) -- Canada's environment minister urged governments to move forward on the Paris climate accord Friday, speaking on the eve of talks over the agreement's implementation. Read More

The 30-year-old ozone layer treaty has a new role: fighting climate change (The Conversation - Friday 15 September 2017) -- In the latest amendment to the Montreal Protocol, signed in 2016, policy makers agreed to limit the emission of the compounds designed to replace CFCs, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Read More

​HFC phase-down underway in Southeast Asia (R744.com - Tuesday 12 September 2017) -- Representatives from local governments in Southeast Asia detailed the current state of HFC phase-down plans and highlighted the natural refrigerant projects currently underway in the region. Read More

UK leads the world in new agreement to tackle global warming (UK Government - 5 September 2017) -- The UK has today become one of the first nations to commit to a landmark agreement to reduce emissions from appliances such as air conditioning units and refrigerators that will play a major role in preventing global warming. Read More

ENR Sector Updates

​Photos: ​​Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Summit (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Wednesday 20 September 2017) -- View Photos

Remarks by Rwanda's Environment Minister at Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance Summit (Rwanda Green Fund - Wednesday 20 September 2017) -- Rwanda is pleased to be part of the Lab network and efforts to create cutting edge climate finance instruments. The approach of the Lab, one of innovation and creativity, is what Rwanda believes it will take to achieve our environmental protection and sustainable development goals. Read More

​Rwanda and Canada urge countries to expedite ratification of the Kigali Amendment (Rwanda Green Fund - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Rwanda and Canada have hosted a special event at the UN General Assembly in New York to rally support for the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The event was attended by a range of environmental leaders from around the world, including Ministers from Rwanda, Canada, Norway, the Maldives, Mexico, France, Costa Rica and Morocco and the Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands. Read More

Stakeholders Discuss Lower Nyabarongo Catchment Plan (Water for Growth website - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- As part of the concerted efforts to promote integrated water resources management, stakeholders from the districts in the Lower Nyabarongo, together with officials from the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) and consultants from AURECON convened in Muhanga district from 11th to 12th September 2017 to jointly discuss the elaboration of a catchment management plan for this catchment. Read More

Upper Akagera Catchment Elects Task Force (Water for Growth website - Tuesday 19 September 2017) -- Water resources management has never been more important than in these days when population growth and climate change threaten the availability of that scarce, precious resource. Read More

Photos: High Level Event on Ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol (Ministry of Environment Flickr - Monday 18 September 2017) -- Rwanda and Canada hosted an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to encourage parties to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Minister Biruta and Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, were joined by range of environmental leaders from around the world. View Photos

Remarks by Rwanda's Minister of Environment Rallying Nations to Ratify the Kigali Amendment (Rwanda Green Fund - Monday 18 September 2017) -- We have come together to restate our commitment to the Kigali Amendment and to encourage quick ratification. In doing so, we send a strong signal that the world is united in ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons and protecting our climate. Read More

Rwanda and Canada to host High Level Event on Ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol (Rwanda Green Fund - Monday 18 September 2017) -- Today, Rwanda and Canada will host an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to encourage countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The event comes as the world celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. Read More