Munich, 18 February 2018

President Kagame this morning participated in a roundtable discussion on “Securing Humanity”. The panel discussed ways to sustainably empower and improve lives across the globe through the protection of people from both traditional (military) and non-traditional threats such a poverty, diseases, lack of access to basic care, hunger, disasters, inequalities, and climate change.

Other panellists included World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley, Save the Children International CEO and Former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan, and UN Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim. The session was moderated by the CEO of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband.

According to the 2016 Human Development Report, by 2015 the global population had increased by 2 billion from 5.3 billion in 1990 to 7.3 billion in 2015. More than 1 billion people escaped extreme poverty, 2.1 billion gained access to improved sanitation and more than 2.6 billion gained access to an improved source of drinking water.