Rwanda’s joining of the world in signing the Paris Agreement on climate change in New York has been preceded by the convening of a high-level policy dialogue on the country’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy (GGCRS) done by the Ministry of Natural Resources. This happened three days prior to the signing of the agreement in Paris.
The dialogue was in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme to assess the implementation of the GGCRS which was adopted by the government in 2011 as an expression of its commitment to building a green economy and in preparation to handling of global warming.
The Ministry of Natural Resources has the responsibility of coordinating the 14 programmes that are part of the specified strategy.
“It is time to put intentions into implementations as the nation looks to sign the Paris Agreement later in the week. Our deliberation today should therefore include how to expeditiously and effectively transform our climate action plans into a reality so that our green growth and climate resilience is realised. We need to ensure everyone is on board; the government, civil society and the private sector so that the environment is truly at the heart of everything we do as we build a green economy for a future Rwanda,”” said Dr Vincent Biruta, the Minister for Natural Resources.
The first dialogue of this caliber was held in July last year. Making this the second of its kind.
The dialogue brings together various stakeholders as well as policy makers from government, development partners, the private sector and non-government organisations in the natural and environmental field who in the previous meeting reviewed the progress made by the institutions in implementing the mandated GCCRS programmes of Action, discussed the cost of some of the programs and their investment prospectus as well as finding solutions for issues pertaining to the GGCRS implementation.