| Green Growth Strategy |
04 November 2021

Green New Deal: Lesson Learned from the Republic of Korea, Rwanda and the European Union

This webinar was co-organized by the Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC). It is the second event on the theme of the Green New Deal. At this time the webinar was focusing on the lesson learned from the Republic of Korea, Rwanda and the European Union.

Indeed, the commitment of green initiatives is a complex path, but how countries came up to such decision, as we understand there is a competing interest! “It is the reason why this webinar was prepared to share the experience of how political constraints can be overcome” said Stephan Klingebiel, Director of UNDP, Seoul Policy Centre

The webinar kicked off by the former General Secretary of the UN, HE Ban Ki Moon. In his opening remarks he explained how this meeting is meaningful to provide experience but also to enhance solidarity in green transition, and this green transition will be achieved by setting the clear vision to ensure that the green new deal serve as an economic stimulus by building a carbon neutral society; and the new deal should serve as an inclusion where no one will left behind, and should be interlinked with sustainable development goals” he said

Republic of Korea shared the experience and how they came up with the aim of Carbon Neutral in 2050, and how the Government is taking initial stage by implementing Green New Deal. Ambassador for Climate Change, Republic of Korea; Yoo Yeon Chui said that “ Korea ratified Paris Agreements and it is continue to seek higher ambition”

Rwanda Minister of Environment; Dr Mujawamariya Jeanne d'Arc; explained the lesson learned by Rwanda Government through this hard period of Covid-19. Rwanda put in place the Recovery Economic Plan which detail the priority of the country, including: the short-medium measures to support vulnerable households; and creation of green jobs.

In May, Rwanda submitted to the UNFCCC the Updated Nations Determined Contributions which highlight what Rwanda will achieve through Nature Based Solutions, clean energy, waste management, clean transport, etc. Rwanda also aim to reduce the biomass use in cooking, started in urban areas, where the goal is to reduce the use of biomass in cooking from 79% to 42% in 2024. In transport Rwanda introduced the use of electric cars through private operators like Volkswagen Rwanda, while in afforestation Rwanda aim to plant 25 Millions trees this year by working with different partners.

Other good experience in Rwanda is the air pollution reduced especially in Kigali City during the lock down due to Covid-19; which is a good lesson of what causes the air pollution and how to avoid.

For the European Commission, they launched the Green new deal, where EU aim to reach net-zero Greenhouse gases emissions by 2050, That means updating the EU’s climate ambition for 2030, with a 50-55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions to replace the current 40% objective.

Whatsapp

Topics


More posts

21 November 2022

Rwanda welcomes COP27 outcomes on climate damages fund and keeping 1.5 degree goal alive

The Government of Rwanda has welcomed the outcomes of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP27. At the meeting, nations…

Read more →
15 November 2022

Rwanda launches new EUR 46M facility to finance public sector climate action

Rwanda has launched a new facility that will invest in climate action led by the public sector on the sidelines of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. The…

Read more →
11 November 2022

NATIONAL STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME AT COP27

First, I express my appreciation to President Sisi, and the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt, for hosting us in beautiful Sharm El…

Read more →
08 November 2022

PRESIDENT KAGAME LAUNCHES IREME INVEST AT COP27

The President of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame has on November 7, 2022 launched Ireme Invest at the United Nations Climate Change…

Read more →
07 November 2022

Rwanda calls for greater climate action and shares green investment opportunities at COP27

Rwanda will press for more ambitious climate action and share the country’s green investment opportunities at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference…

Read more →
28 September 2022

Why mitigating methane emissions is urgent now?

As methane emissions continue to increase, there are more reasons than ever to reduce methane emissions. Reducing human caused methane emissions is…

Read more →
27 September 2022

UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) has placed Climate Change on top of agenda

UNGA 77 comes at a critical moment for climate and the future of our planet. The impacts of climate change have been observed across the world such as…

Read more →
27 September 2022

REMA’S DG JOINS A ROUNDTABLE MEETING AT UNGA TO DISCUSS CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Juliet Kabera, on 20th September 2022, joined a roundtable meeting in New…

Read more →
19 July 2022

PRIME MINISTER OF RWANDA, DR EDOUARD NGIRENTE, OFFICIATES NYANDUNGU ECO-PARK UNVEILING

Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr Edouard Ngirente, has on 18 July 2022 officiated the unveiling of Nyandungu Eco-Park. The event was held on the first day…

Read more →