• Excellencies, Heads of State and Government
  • Secretary-General, António Guterres

I am pleased to address today’s Climate Ambition Summit. I thank the leaders of Chile, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom for convening this event.

In May 2020, Rwanda submitted a revised, and more ambitious, Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.

This plan reflects Rwanda’s vision to become a developed, low-carbon economy by 2050.

We also intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent by 2030, compared to the business-as-usual scenario.

This will be achieved by increasing efficiency in energy production, industrial processes, waste management, transportation, and agriculture.

These efforts will mitigate an estimated 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

We are also strengthening the resilience of our economy and ecosystems through green urbanisation and nature conservation.

Nature-based solutions offer the best return on investment, in terms of drawing down carbon and protecting biodiversity.

Recent advances in renewable energy, including battery technology and clean cooling, provide assurance that it is possible to build net-zero economies.

Rwanda intends to take full advantage of these technologies.

Ambitious action on climate change will make our world more resilient and healthy, and also more prosperous.

We should not miss out on the opportunity.

I thank you.