Statement by Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources at the High-Level Assembly of the Climate Vulnerable Forum

Statement by Minister Vincent Biruta at the High-Level Assembly of the Climate Vulnerable Forum
18 November 2016 | COP22, Marrakech, Morocco
 
It is a pleasure to join you for today’s meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. Rwanda is proud to be part of such a forward thinking and ambitious group of nations. 
 
While the challenges we face are vast and varied, there is much that unites us, including our commitment to limit temperature increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. 
 
This was evident last month when the world came together to adopt the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. Many of the most vulnerable countries were at the forefront in the call for an ambitious amendment and I am grateful for their support.  
 
The success we had in Paris last year shows us that even though our nations are vulnerable, our collective voice is strong. The Paris Agreement is something we can all be proud of and I encourage all CVF member countries to ratify it as a demonstration of our continued commitment to climate action.
 
If we are to reach the 1.5 degree Celsius target, we need to deploy all tools at our disposal and ensure that both domestic and international efforts achieve results. In particular, special attention must be given to how developing countries adapt to the impacts of a warming planet.
 
This is why Rwanda supports extending the mandate of the Adaptation Fund and expanding climate adaptation finance so that it can play its proper role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. 
 
Finance to deal with the rapidly changing climate remains below the level we would like. Therefore, we urge developed nations to honour their commitments to avail $100 billion per year by 2020 and ensure a significant proportion of this is provided for adaptation efforts. 
 
I would like to conclude by encouraging all vulnerable nations to work together to immediately scale up our response to climate change and translate our climate action plans from words to deeds. 
 
We must support each other in this effort if we are to achieve the ambition set before us. 
 
We do not need to wait for external finance to make our countries more resilient to climate change. Rwanda is ready to share our experience and learn from others. 
 
Thank you for your kind attention.