#AGGF2018 Event: Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development Workshop

Date & Time: 29 November 2018 | 14:00-16:30

Location: AD12, Kigali Convention Centre


The Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development Workshop is organised as part of an agreement signed by Italy and Rwanda in 2016 for cooperation in the field of climate change vulnerability, risk Assessment, adaptation and mitigation as well as to implement its NDC to the Paris Agreement. Under the agreement, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an implementing partner supporting the implementation of the MoU between IMELS and MoE. This special event will be a good opportunity to discuss the role that the Africa Centre for Sustainable Development (ACSD) to help African countries to increase their resilience, as well as barriers and solutions to implement sustainable development goals in Africa.

The ultimate objective of the event is to discuss concurrently the barriers and available solutions for sustainable development in Africa and raise awareness on the existence of the newly established Centre and its position as a response to African countries to accelerate Africa’s green growth agenda and increase resilience.

The event is organised by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, the Africa Center for Climate and Sustainable Development and the Global Green Growth Institute Rwanda Programme.


14:00–14:10 – Welcome remarks by Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority

14:10¬14:30 – Opening Session

  • Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda
  • Francesco La Camera, Director General of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy
  • 14:30 – 15:30 –Keynote Address & Panel Discussion

  • Key Note Address by Pier Carlo Sandei, Coordinator of ACSD, on the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development and the path to achieving the SDGs in Africa
  • Panel discussion on the sustainable development of Africa: barriers, solutions and the role of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development
  • Session Moderator: Ms. Juliet, DG of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Rwanda

  • Eng. Coletha U. Ruhamya, Director General of REMA
  • Wordy Hashim Abdullahi, Acting State Minister for Environment, Ethiopia
  • Dexippos Agourides, Deputy Director & Head – Africa & The Middle East, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Sanjay Kumar, The Wood Foundation Africa, Rwanda Programme Director
  • 15:30-16:30 – Questions & Answers with the audience

    16:30 – Networking & Media interviews

    Africa Centre for Sustainable Development

    The Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development was established as a joint initiative by the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea (IMELS), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to facilitate the exchange of information to increase the effectiveness, synergies and complementarities of ongoing initiatives in support of Africa to implement the SDGs. The centre focuses on facilitating the exchange of information on development interventions and initiatives, best practices on climate change, food security, access to water, clean energy generation in support to the achievement of the SDGs by African countries.