CIDT supports Rwanda delegation at COP21

1 December 2015
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CIDT is running a six month project called ‘Supporting the operations of the FONERWA Fund Management Team’ and through this is assisting the Government of Rwanda delegation and the country’s Green Fund (FONERWA) management team attending the Paris COP21 climate negotiations.

The team is providing daily updates which you can find below. You can also follow @RwandaResources and @GreenFundRw on Twitter for live updates from the Rwanda delegation.
For the latest photos from Rwanda’s delegation to COP21, visit the Rwanda Resources Flickr.

Rwanda Delegation Update – 30 November 2015

The delegation to COP21 was led by Minister Mushikiwabo, Minister Biruta, Ambassador Kabale and DG Mukankomeje. The main activity during the day was hearing world leaders give their official statements to mark the beginning of the climate summit. Throughout the day, the delegation met with a number of other countries as they moved around the venue.

There were a some major announcements yesterday. A few that relate to our work include:

  • Germany, Norway, Sweden & Switzerland have announced a new $500 million initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. Read More
  • $248 USD million pledged to GEF climate fund for most vulnerable countries. Read More
  • India unveiled a global solar alliance of 120 countries at the Paris climate summit. Read More
  • Climate Vulnerable Forum adopted The Manila-Paris Declaration. Read More
  • 20 Major Economies will Double Clean Energy R&D through ‘Mission Innovation’ Read More

You can view updates from throughout the day on the @RwandaResources Twitter and photos from the delegation below and here.

Paris Climate Talks Media Review – 30 November 2015


  • The New Times reports that COP21 Climate change conference has opened with a call to support developing nations.
  • Igihe shares Rwanda’s climate success stories that will be presented in Paris.
  • Rwanda Express quotes Minister Biruta saying that the world needs to reach a meaningful agreement.
  • The New York Times publishes quotes from speakers at Day 1 of COP21.
  • BBC News reports that Obama is convinced that Paris conference could be a turning point.
  • Watch the speeches of President Obama, Prime Minister Cameron, President Putin and Prime Minister Modi and read the speeches of other leaders.

From Rwanda

Paris climate conference opens with pledge to support developing countries (The New Times – 1 December 2015) — The climate change conference opened yesterday in Paris with a pledge for more support to developing countries to address climate change challenges. Rwanda is being represented by a delegation led by the minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, the minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta and the Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Dr Rose Mukankomeje. Read More

EALA urges fair climate deal at Paris conference (The New Times – 30 November 2015) — The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has called on climate negotiators to produce a fair deal for developing nations at the Conference of Parties (CoP21) on climate change in Paris, France, that starts today. EALA Speaker Daniel Kidega made the call on Saturday in Gatsibo District during Umuganda community work. Read More

Africa ikeneye ijwi rimwe mu nama y’i Paris ngo idatsikamirwa mu byemezo (Umuseke – 30 November 2015) — Ibihugu 54 bigize umugabane w’Afurika byari biyitegerezanyije amatsiko ngo bivuge uburyo bikomeje kugerwaho n’akaga gaterwa na biriya byotsi birimo umwuka mubi wa carbone witwa C02 kandi bifite(ibihugu by’Afurika) uruhare ruto mu kuwohereza mu kirere. Ibi bihugu bikeneye kunga ubumwe bikazamura ijwi rimwe ryemeza ibihugu bikize ko igihe kigeze ngo Afurika ihabwe agahenge, abaturage bayo ntibakomeze kuba ibitambo. Read More

Rwanda calls for robust global agreement to address climate change (Rwanda Express – 30 November 2015) — The government of Rwanda is in support for a strong and binding agreement that would enable vulnerable countries to tackle climate change as the World moves in to curb the challenges. The agreement that is expected to be agreed on during the ongoing climate talks at UN Climate Change conference (COP21) in Paris, France would entail both financial and technological support. “We need to reach a meaningful agreement,” Dr Vincent Biruta, Minister of natural resources one of the delegates representing Rwanda at the summit said on Monday via twitter. Read More

Paris: Minisitiri Mushikiwabo yitabiriye inama ku mihindagurikire y’ikirere (Kigali Today – 30 November 2015) –Minisitiri Minisitiri Mushikiwabo yitabiriye iyi nama aherekejwe na Minisitiri w’Umutungo Kamere n’ibidukikije, Dr. Vincent Biruta. Minisitiri Biruta yari yatangaje ko muri iyo nama u Rwanda ruzakora ubuvugizi ku mafaranga agera kuri miliyari 100 bitarenze 2020, ibihugu bikomeye byemeye yo gutera inkunga imishinga yo kugabanya ingaruka z’imihindagurikire y’ikirere. U Rwanda rwateye intambwe mu guhangana n’ingaruka z’imihandagurikire y’ikirere rubungabunga imigezi runatera amashyamba ku misozi. Read More

Paris: COP21 inama y’umuryango mpuzamahanga yo kubungabunga ikirere (EnviroNews – 30 November 2015) — Uyu munsi kuwa 30/11/2015 I Paris mu Bufaransa hatangijwe inama mpuzamahanga yiga ku ruhare rw’ibihugu mu kubungabunga ibidukikije no kurengera ikirere COP21. Muri iyi nama itsinda ryavuye mu Rwanda rikaba rigizwe na Minisitiri w’Ububanyi n’Amahanga Louise Mushikiwabo, Minisitiri w’Umutungo Kamere Dr Vincent BIRUTA, Umuyobozi wa REMA Dr Rose Mukankomeje, n’abandi. Read More

Ibyo u Rwanda rwaratira abitabiriye inama yiga ku mihindagurikire y’ikirere i Paris (Igihe – 30 November 2015) — Inama mpuzamahanga yiga ku mihindagurikire y’ikirere n’ingamba zafatwa zo guhangana na yo irimo kubera i Paris mu Bufaransa (COP21), ni uwundi mwanya mwiza ku Rwanda wo kugaragaza ibyo rumaze kugeraho mu kurengera ibidukikije n’inzira yarwo igikomeza. Read More

RTV Evening News (RBA – 30 November 2015) — Coordinator of the Fund for the Environment & Climate Change, Alex Mulisa, was interview for the evening news on RTV about the fund and COP21.

From Around the World

François Hollande welcomes the 150 Heads of State (COP21 website – 30 November 2015) — The President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and future President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, wanted to invite all Heads of State and Government to the opening of the Conference on 30 November in order to generate political momentum ahead of the negotiations, which will take place first at a technical level, then at ministerial level. By 28 November, 150 Heads of State and Government had accepted this invitation. This level of participation makes COP21 one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever organized, aside from the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York. It has been described by Laurent Fabius as “a first” for France. Read Mo