Rwanda Paris Agreement

April 11, 2021

The agreement, signed by 196 countries, aims to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing CO2 emissions and limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The ratification will take place as the world prepares for a meeting in Marrakech for the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with a new dynamic for the fight against climate change – thanks to the successful adoption of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The Kigali amendment will prevent warming of up to 0.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century by gradually relocating the use of hazardous greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This historic agreement is proof of the practical measures that the international community intends to promote in Morocco next month. The Rwandan authorities have announced an $11 billion climate change programme, which calls for a 38% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, according to local media. “Our country is already counting the cost of climate change. This year, we have already lost more than 140 citizens and more than 3,000 homes to floods and landslides,” said Environment Minister Jeanne d`Arc Mujawamariya. The Paris Agreement will enter into force on 4 November 2016, 30 days after at least 55 parties to the agreement have taken into account at least 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions that have tabled their instruments for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The first meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement will take place in Marrakech in November, in conjunction with the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Rwanda will host the next meeting of Commonwealth heads of state and government – originally scheduled for June but postponed to undetermined dates – at which the government is expected to push for greater climate ambition. Since Rwanda ratified the Paris Agreement in 2016, a number of measures to combat climate change have been taken in the country, including the creation of the Rwandan Fund for Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA), the minister said. The plan, jointly drawn up by the Rwandan government and the National Contribution Partnership Secretariat, will strengthen the country`s capacity to meet its climate change goals, he said. Rwanda`s economy is growing rapidly.

The World Bank described the country before the Covid-19 explosion as the “centre of an economic boom” with growth of more than 10% in 2019. The Kigali government is the first in Africa to strengthen its commitment to reduce emissions by 2030 and accelerate its adjustment plan. Rwanda has joined more than 80 nations in ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – a landmark international agreement that aims to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, with the aim of keeping the rise below 1.5 degrees. As one of the nations most vulnerable to the effects of a warming planet, Rwanda is working both to reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Rwanda Paris Agreement · April 11, 2021 · 8:26 pm
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