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Rwanda, Denmark strengthen global green ties with new climate change deal

By IGIHE
On 22 January 2024 at 02:27

Rwanda and Denmark have solidified their commitment to environmental protection by signing a crucial cooperation agreement on climate change. The landmark agreement was formalized on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Nyandungu Eco Park, with the Minister of Environement Dr. Mujawamariya Jeanne d’Arc representing Rwanda and her counterpart Dan Jannik Jørgensen representing Denmark.

Rwanda, recognized as a frontrunner in environmental preservation, demonstrated its dedication to sustainability through this agreement. The nation’s proactive stance underscores the global importance of addressing environmental challenges. In a reciprocal manner, Denmark, a world leader in environmental protection, brings its expertise to the collaboration.

Denmark boasts a remarkable record, with wind energy contributing to at least 40% of the country’s electricity consumption. The country has set ambitious targets, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

This commitment is achieved through strategic investments in renewable energy, conscientious energy policies, and advancements in sustainable transportation. Additionally, Denmark has championed a circular economy, minimizing waste by promoting recycling practices.

The collaboration between Rwanda and Denmark is a significant step for Rwanda, aligning with the environmental practices of a renowned country in the field. This partnership positions Rwanda to effectively address the impacts of climate change and bolster its environmental protection initiatives.

It is worth noting that this agreement builds upon an existing partnership between the two nations, encompassing various areas such as cooperation in handling refugee crises.

Denmark has been cooperative by deporting to Rwanda individuals accused of involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who sought refuge in the country. Notable instances include Dushimiyimana Emmanuel in 2014 and Wenceslas Twagirayezu in 2018.

The Minister of Environement Dr. Mujawamariya Jeanne d'Arc represented Rwanda at the signing ceremony.
Dannish Minister of Environment, Dan Jannik Jørgensen receiving ecxplanations on Rwanda's green initiatives.

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