Rwanda Green Growth Week opens with commitment to accelerate transition to a green economy

The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda, has kicked off the Rwanda Green Growth Week with a High Level Policy Dialogue on the nation’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy. The interactive dialogue demonstrated the strong collaboration that exists in the pursuit of green growth and climate resilient development. The event joined ministers, policy makers, and private sector investors and took place at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The dialogue was opened by Minister of Environment, Vincent Biruta, who welcomed participants from a range of sectors to the first-ever Green Growth Week in Rwanda. He encouraged everyone to keep green growth at heart and ensure the National Strategy for Transformation is informed by the principles of green growth.

“The Green Growth Week is timely given the work we have recently undertaken to develop sector strategic plans and the National Strategy for Transformation. There is no doubt that we can only achieve these national development targets if green growth is at the heart of everything we do,” Minister Biruta said.

The One UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator, Fode Ndiaye, commended Rwanda’s initiative to drive forward green growth and reminded guests that UN Rwanda is available to support these efforts.

“I express my appreciation and congratulations to the Government of Rwanda, and especially Ministry of Environment for the many green growth achievements already registered,” he said. “The United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda is committed to providing all the technical and financial support it can muster to support the implementation of the national Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy,” Mr Ndiaye added.

At the dialogue, Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Coletha Ruhamya, presented on the implementation progress, and alignment of the country’s green growth strategy with major international development programmes such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030 and Rwanda’s climate action plan.

Director General Ruhamya gave insights into Rwanda’s achievements and the framework of the path to climate resilience and becoming a low-carbon country by 2050.

After the presentation, a high level panel discussion featured Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Vincent Munyeshyaka, Minister of Trade and Industry, Fode Ndiaye One UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator, Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Coletha Ruhamya, and Youssef Travaly, Director Programs and Content, Next Einstein Forum.

Themed “Green Growth and Climate Change – Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation, Vision 2050 and Agenda 2030”, the discussion engaged experts from different sectors to share Rwanda’s green growth status, and the way forward to enlarge the economy with environment protection in mind. Minister of Trade and Industry, Vincent Munyeshyaka, stressed that sustainable development is possible – as long as institutions work together for the common good.

“There’s no way we can have sustainable development without ensuring green growth applies to all our sectors. We should all be involved,” the Minister of Trade and Industry said.

The High Level Dialogue on Green Economy was concluded with the participation of the audience through questions and suggestions on different matters. The opening of the 2017 Rwanda Green Growth Week was followed by the launch of Rwanda’s E-Waste Dismantling and Recycling Facility in Bugesera District.

Read Minister Biruta’s Opening Remarks here.

Read the remarks by UN Resident Coordinator Dr Fode Ndiaye at Third High Level Policy Dialogue on Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy here.

Photos Rwanda Green Growth Week