Remarks by Vincent Biruta at Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development Event

Good afternoon!

It is a pleasure to welcome you to this session on the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development.

I am pleased to see so many people come together from across the continent and around the world to join a dialogue on the role of this new centre. I would like to thank our special guests from Italy and GGGI who have travelled far to join the Africa Green Growth Forum.

Across the continent, the impacts of climate change represent a clear and present danger – not only to future development, but also to the gains in health, infrastructure and agriculture we have made to date.

This means we need to work together, and quickly, to advance implementation of the sustainable development goals, our NDCs and increase climate resilience in Africa.

It is in this context that the Government of Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Italy to work together on climate change vulnerability, risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation.

The agreement was signed in November 2016 in Marrakech on the sidelines of COP22.

The agreement emphasises the importance of enhancing international cooperation in mitigation and adaptation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate change vulnerability and build resilience. This is important for developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

I would like to thank the Government of Italy for supporting Rwanda’s green growth agenda. We have a number of projects underway and in the pipeline that will contribute to building our resilience to climate change and our sustainable development.

I would also like to recognise the Global Green Growth Institute as a supporting partner for the implementation of the MoU. We value the expertise and experience you bring to the table.

Today’s event is a good opportunity to discuss the role that the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development can play to help Africa increase its resilience. It is also a platform for public institutions, private companies and civil society to discuss the barriers and solutions for sustainable development in Africa.

We hope that you will learn more about the centre and its role in accelerating Africa’s green growth agenda.

Thank you again for joining us here in Kigali for the Africa Green Growth Forum. I wish you a pleasant stay in Rwanda and we look forward to a fruitful discussion this afternoon and to continued collaboration.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Murakoze cyane!