Remarks by Minister of Natural Resources at Dialogue on Rwanda's Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy

Honourable Ministers
UN Resident Coordinator
Representatives of our development partners
Representatives from ministries and other government agencies
Civil society and private sector representatives
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen
Good morning to you all!

It is my great honour and pleasure to welcome you all this morning to the second High Level Policy Dialogue on Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy. Today’s meeting is a follow-up to the first dialogue convened in July 2015.

Last year, this dialogue reviewed the progress made in implementing the 14 Programmes of Action of the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy.

From that meeting, a number of key recommendations were made including:

Nominating focal people to follow-up and report on the Programmes of Action by respective implementation sectors;
Creating a monitoring tool for ease of reporting on progress; and
Continuing to convene regular High Level Policy Dialogues.
It is my understanding that these recommendations were implemented and we will hear a full report during today’s proceedings. We will also hear from our coordinating team on the progress of the implementation of the Programmes of Action.

2015 was an eventful year for our sector, highlighted by Rwanda’s achievement of almost all Millennium Development Goals.

Another highlight was the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December at COP21. The Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy informed our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, which we submitted to the UNFCCC prior to the COP21 negotiations.

A lot is expected with regards to climate finance from this agreement and the Ministry’s accreditation by the Green Climate Fund positions Rwanda to leverage significant funding within the COP21 framework. This will enable Rwanda to maintain rapid economic growth on a resource efficient, low-carbon and climate resilient path.

Rwanda through MINIRENA has already received the preparation grant worth 1.5 million dollars and currently in the process of developing a detailed rural development program worth 68 million dollars that it will submit to the GCF towards the end of the year.

It is now time to put these intentions into deeds. We stand ready to take the next steps following the signing of the Paris Agreement later this week in New York.

Our deliberations today therefore should include how to expeditiously and effectively transform our climate action plans into a reality so that our green growth and climate resilience vision is realised.

This morning we will hear about how much it will cost to transform key sectors from ‘business as usual’ to green growth. This will help us to access the financial resources required for the successful implementation of the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy programmes. Beyond financing, we need to ensure everyone is on board – government, civil society and the private sector – so that the environment is truly at the heart of everything we do.

I would like to conclude by thanking all our partners including U.N. partners, other government institutions, which are with us on a daily basis and have contributed to the reports to be presented today. We look forward to continuing this supportive collaboration as we build a green Rwanda for generations to come.

I wish you all fruitful discussions and I thank you for your kind attention.

Kigali, Serena Hotel | 19 April 2016

Second High Level Policy Dialogue on Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy Implementation