Rwanda joins 19 other nations in call for emission cuts

Rwanda has joined forces with 19 other climate-vulnerable countries to call for more action to reduce global emissions and better financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing nations. 

As a land-linked country with a variable climate and mountainous terrain, Rwanda is at risk of increased weather extremes such as floods and droughts.

Research conducted for the Vulnerable 20 (V20) estimates that the impact of climate change on Rwanda’s economy could be as high as 4.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product by 2030.

The research also indicates that the health impacts of climate change for Rwandans are likely to be severe — including increased incidences of malaria and heat and cold illnesses.

“Rwanda is one of many countries that have contributed almost nothing to the problem of climate change but will bear the brunt of its impacts,” said Minister for Finance Claver Gatete.

“By joining the V20, we are adding our voice to the message that the international community must do more to keep temperature rises below 1.5C and support developing nations to adapt.” 

V20 was launched on October 8 this year in Lima, Peru, with 20 ministers of finance as representatives of each nation. The idea came about through the Climate Vulnerable Forum Costa Rica Action Plan for 2013-2015.