Rwanda Green Fund joins GCCA+ Regional Conference to Boost Climate Ambition

As challenges related to climate change continue to become more urgent, the European Union’s flagship initiative Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) has hosted, together with the Rwanda Ministry of Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the 2019 GCCA+ Regional Conference in Kigali - under the theme: Climate Smart Africa: Harnessing growth and protecting the gains”.
 
The conference was officially opened by Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister for Environment, and fostered an exchange of ideas and solutions that will impact Africa's ability to achieve economic growth that is environmentally and socially inclusive.
 
The conference brought together more than 100 participants from across the region including policy makers, regional leaders from public and private sectors, senior representatives of the international development cooperation community, senior EU officials, leading climate change experts, young people and community representatives. The Rwanda Green Fund was represented by the CEO, Hubert Ruzibizi, and Head of Business Development, Teddy Mugabo. 
 
The meeting, which showcased climate action from across the region, built on the momentum of the 2019 Climate Action Summit held in New York and took place in the lead up to the annual UNFCCC COP 25, in Chile, in December 2019.
 
"Our challenge is to pursue climate-smart development in a way that harnesses socio-economic growth while protecting the gains we have made. This will not be an easy task, and requires us to build new partnerships and ensure the investments we make are green and resilient. Around the world, public and private climate finance is predominantly invested in mitigation interventions. We must balance this investment so that adaptation plays a greater role. The work being done by the Global Climate Change Alliance is important because it aims to do just that. As one of the largest contributors to climate finance in Africa, through the European Union, we recognise the important role of the Alliance in building resilience in climate vulnerable nations," said Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment.
 
“From its establishment in 2007, the GCCA prioritised building resilience in least developed and small island state countries. GCCA+ continues to focus on the most vulnerable countries, and has added mitigation to its scope of support, to encourage even the poorest to pursue development pathways that are clean, resource efficient, socially inclusive, and long-lasting,” said the EU Ambassador to Rwanda, Nicola Bellomo. 
 
“This meeting is vital in promoting learnings from the various stakeholders and deriving lessons that will support actions towards building climate resilience, “said Luther ANUKUR, Regional Director IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office
 
The conference included high level panel discussions and plenary sessions focused on practices that mitigate climate change, build resilience and encourage socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth.
 
The Rwanda Green Fun was proud to receive the overall Marketplace Award alongside IUCN. 
 
Background - GCCA+ The alliance for a changing world
 
The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+), a European Union flagship initiative, is helping the world’s most vulnerable countries address climate change. Since the GCCA was established in 2007, and expanded in 2015 to include middle-income countries, 77 programs have been implemented. Given the initial focus on building climate resilience in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the African region has always been a natural focal point. In fact, 31 African countries have already benefited, sometimes in successive funding rounds, from EU GCCA+ grant finance for climate action. Two thirds of the GCCA+ funds are dedicated to African projects. Visit www.gcca.eu for more information. 
 
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Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Initiative Regional Conference | Kigali, Rwanda - Day One