RWANDA CALLS FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY ON CLIMATE ACTION AND ADAPTATION FINANCING AT STOCKHOLM+50
Press Release - For Immediate Release
3 June 2022 | Stockholm, Sweden
Rwanda has joined the rest of the world at Stockholm+50 and called for greater accountability to achieve the climate action and adaptation financing goals agreed by the international community.
Hosted by Sweden, Kenya and the United Nations, Stockholm+50 brought together thousands of delegates from government, the private sector and civil society at a critical time in the global effort to protect our environment and promote sustainable development.
Stockholm+50 commemorates the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrates 50 years of global environmental action. By recognising the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the meeting aimed to drive action toward a healthy planet for the prosperity of all.
Rwanda’s delegation was led by the Minister of Environment, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, and included representatives from Rwanda Green Fund, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as well as UNDP Rwanda.
In the lead up to the conference, a series of Stockholm+50 consultations were held with young people, women, community leaders, people living with disabilities, the private sector and policy makers to ask: What does a green future look like to you? Their responses were clear and powerful. They envision a climate resilient planet with the environment at the centre of our way of life. They see zero plastics in nature, well-paying and dignified green jobs for young people and greater accountability for polluters.
Delivering Rwanda’s National Statement to Stockholm+50 on behalf of President Kagame and the people of Rwanda, Minister Mujawamariya called for the world to invest in the future.
“Finance for climate change adaptation must increase. A global commitment to the principles of loss and damage must be prioritised. New financing partnerships must be accompanied by accountability measures that ensure the promises made in Paris are honoured,” said Minister Mujawamariya.
“Achieving an internationally legally binding treaty to plastic pollution by 2024, universal ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and greater investment in nature-based solutions are important priorities for Rwanda. We look forward to working with Member States and partners to make them a reality,” she said.