• Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

As we work to slow the pace of climate change, we must also work to mitigate its effects.

Climate change, after all is a fact, which calls for social and economic resilience to protect livelihoods.

I thank Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Netherlands Government for spearheading this initiative, which helps set the stage for COP-26 later this year.

In Rwanda, the changing climate is already making itself felt in unusually heavy rainfall and flooding. Changing weather patterns also affect agriculture.

We are responding by investing in water resources management, for example restoring catchment areas and wetlands.

Last year, Rwanda established the Rwanda Water Resources Board to ensure integrated, long-term planning around water, irrigation, and climate.

The Netherlands Government is a strong supporter of these efforts, particularly with new technology.

The Rwanda Green Fund catalyses financing for climate resilience projects and has already supported the creation of thousands of green jobs.

Rwanda’s ambitious National Determined Contribution commits to a 38% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

To meet that goal, we are working to preserve forests through public-private partnerships for forest management, together with investment partners.

Investment in climate adaptation strengthens our societies for future growth and prosperity.

Let’s make adaptation a priority for 2021 and beyond.

I thank you.