Rwanda at the Paris Climate Talk - Day 11 Update

Rwanda Delegation Update - Day 11 Recap - 10 December

The delegation on Thursday was led by DG Mukankomeje. Below are the main events and meetings attended and a short summary of the discussion and outcomes.

AfDB side event on climate finance readiness

At this event, DG Mukankomeje joined a panel to discuss the readiness of African countries to receive funding to mitigate emissions and build climate resilience. The DG said that readiness equals direct access to climate financing, especially the Green Climate Fund. She said that to be ready to achieve direct access, "the burden is on us Africans. We need to sit at our desks & work hard". She also said that as Africa grows, its impossible to separate adaptation and mitigation from development.

Bilateral Meeting with Ulrike Höfken, Minister of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viniculture and Forestry, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Rwanda has a longstanding partnership Rheinland-Pflaz and DG Mukankomeje, Alex Mulisa and Rehema Namutebi met with the state's Minister of Environment to discuss developments since her last visit to Rwanda. The discussion centred on the environmental museum in Kibuye and how this could become a more experiential place of learning, the work being done in Germany as part of their energy transformation (especially in off-grid, decentralised energy systems) and air pollution. Alex Mulisa also presented Rwanda's Green Fund. Minister Höfken committed to strengthening the partnership with Rwanda in these areas.

Meeting with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Coordinator of the Green Fund (FONERWA), Alex Mulisa, met with Carl Wesselink, Regional Director of CDKN Africa. They discussed streamlining the partnership and ways to boost the support provided by CDKN. Alex also met with Climate Kos to review the work done over the last few months and plan for the next phase of the CDKN partnership and their future interventions.

Awarding of Mobisol Rwanda with Momentum of Change Lighthouse award

Mobisol Rwanda received an award as one of the sixteen lighthouse activities of the Momentum of Change initiative. The award was given under the ICT solutions focus area and was received by CEO Thomas Gottschalk, beneficiary Jean Paul Ibambe and Head of Business Development Thomas Duveau. The event was attended by close to 1,000 people including Ban Ki-moon and Ségolène Royal. Sean Paul also performed at the event.

Meeting with UNESCO

DG Mukankomeje met with Noeline Raondry Ratoroarisoa from UNESCO in Paris to discuss the possibility of bringing Mukura Gishwati National Park into UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve Programme. This programme is focused on people and environment and how both can be supported for development and conservation.

Today's Major Events - 11 December 2015

As today is likely to be the last or second last day to reach an agreement, the Rwanda delegation is focused on the negotiations. Follow @RwandaResources for updates.

Negotiation Update

Please find here the second and latest agreement.
It is likely that the talks will continue tomorrow (Sat) until a final agreement is reached.
Watch Rwanda's lead negotiator, Faustin Munyazikwiye, give an update in Kinyarwanda and English below.
#Rwanda's lead negotiator at the #COP21 Climate Talks, @FaustinMUNYAZIK, shares the remaining issues to be agreed. pic.twitter.com/fmlf7EwLTo

— Min Nat Resources Rw (@RwandaResources) December 10, 2015
Uko ibiganiro ku masezerano mpuzamahanga ku mihindagurikire y'ibihe bibera I Paris bihagaze #COP21 pic.twitter.com/JsDZJtKdfI

— Min Nat Resources Rw (@RwandaResources) December 10, 2015
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Paris Climate Talks Media Review - December 11

Summary

The Government of Rwanda reports that Rwanda has urged nations to invest in technological and scientific knowledge that promotes climate action and limit global warming.
View photos of Mobisol Rwanda receiving a UN Momentum for Change lighthouse award.
The BBC reports the negotiations are likely to continue into Saturday as nations still need to reach agreement on key issues.
The Independent writes that African nations are pleading for further action on climate change at the COP21, despite an issue that was mainly by developed countries.
The Green Climate Fund is looking far beyond the COP21, whereas it has discussed about future climate policies at its event in Paris Climate Talks.
The Financial Times reports that the Paris Climate Talks are approaching the end, as nations are requested to set policies that will be reviewed after 5 years to test if pacts are being followed.

Review

Rwanda

Rwanda urges investment in new technologies and renewable energy to overcome climate change and attain prosperity (Republic of Rwanda website - Thursday 10) -- Rwanda has called for increased investment in technology and scientific knowledge to slow climate change and help nations adapt to a warming planet. The call was made during the delivery of Rwanda’s National Statement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, known as COP21.“The world has overcome other serious challenges by applying technology and scientific knowledge. Slowing climate change and adapting to it should be no different,” Minister of Natural Resources, Dr Vincent Biruta said while delivering the National Statement on behalf of the Government of Rwanda.Minister Biruta also highlighted the need for countries to shift to renewable energy in order to achieve prosperity and ensure environmental sustainability. Read More

Rwanda shares its experience in putting the environment at the heart of development (Republic of Rwanda website - Wednesday 9 December 2015) -- Rwanda's delegation at the ongoing COP21 climate talks in Paris, led by the Minister of Natural Resources, has shared how the country’s success in conservation and green growth is thanks to policies that put the environment at the heart of development.Minister Biruta shared Rwanda’s sustainable development progress at an event hosted by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) during the UN conference. The event brought together over 500 participants for a discussion on how to create low-emission and climate-resilient projects that can be supported by the global Fund. Read More

AfDB Event on Climate Financing in Africa & Bilateral Meeting with Ulrike Höfken, Minister of Environment, Agri, Food, Viniculture and Forestry, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (MINIRENA Flickr - 10 December 2015) -- View Photos Here and Here

Mobisol Rwanda Wins UN Momentum for Change Award (MINIRENA Flickr - 10 December 2015) -- View Photos Here

From Across Africa

COP 21: Five ways climate change could affect Africa (BBC - 11 December 2015) -- As the UN climate change summit in Paris enters its final scheduled day, delegates from 196 countries are desperately trying to hammer out a deal, which could fundamentally alter the future of the planet. Fifty-four African nations have adopted a unified position, calling for an agreement to limit warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century. Read More

COP21: African campaigners demand compensation for effects of global warming (The Independent - Wednesday 9 December 2015) -- African campaigners are demanding compensation for the huge damage being inflicted on the continent by global warming – a problem that has been caused by the rich countries but will hit poor nations the hardest.As the United Nations summit to tackle climate change nears its conclusion, African politicians and NGOs are calling for the developed world to provide cash to help them deal with the consequences of a warming planet. Read More

From Around The World

COP21: Climate deal due Saturday after more all-night talks (BBC - 11 December 2015) -- Negotiators at the Paris climate summit aim to wrap up a global agreement to curb global warming on Saturday - a day later than expected, hosts France said. Read More

COP21 Live updates and recent developments from COP21, in Paris — Day 11 (ZME Science - 10 December 2015) -- 'The fundamental issue between the parties now is about differentiation. Who pays, who benefits in terms of finance is the key question. There are those parties that think develop countries need to lead in the provision of climate financing. On the other hand, there are those who think we're living in a changing world and developing countries need to contribute as well. That's the big difference which has underpinned negotiations for many, many years already.' Read More

COP-21 Roundup: Dec. 10 – Day 11 (Carbon Pulse - 10 December 2015) -- The UN climate talks in Paris have entered the phase where negotiators mostly forego sleep as they stay locked in meeting rooms overnight trying to edge the process forward. Carbon Pulse follows the talks and will keep you updated on new developments. Read More

Beyond Paris: GCF Looks Ahead (Green Climate Fund website - Thursday 10 December 2015) -- With climate finance as a critical element to the Paris climate negotiations, the Green Climate Fund held a side event yesterday to discuss how it can deliver on its mandate over the coming years. Over 300 participants gathered to discuss the future of the Fund with both the former and new Board Co-Chairs (Henrik Harboe and Gabriel Quijandria, and Zaheer Fakir and Ewen McDonald, respectively), and Héla Cheikhrouhou, GCF’s Executive Director.The discussion was chaired by Oxfam’s Annaka Peterson, and started with a welcome message from Jeong-bok Yoo, the Mayor of Incheon City, which hosts the Fund’s headquarters.