In the framework of the Word Circular Economy Forum 2022, held on 6-8 December in Kigali, PAGE met with H.E. Minister of State in Charge of Economic Planning Dr Uwera and the Minister of Environment Dr. Jean d’Arc Mujawamariya to discuss how to strengthen coordination, to achieve a sustainable green economy and use circular economy practices to promote well-being, preserve nature and boost economic competitiveness. PAGE also took part in the panel discussion on “Small green enterprise in East Africa, powering a circular economy transition”. The WCEF was an opportunity to meet stakeholders and prepare the collaboration with Rwanda, which officially joined the partnership in June 2022.
During the opening ceremony of the WCEF 2022, H.E. Minister of Environment of Rwanda Dr. Jean d’Arc Mujawamariya mentioned the partnership with PAGE.
“Rwanda has also been privileged this year to be approved and endorsed as a member of PAGE whose support among others will help to create an enabling macroeconomic environment and financing to accelerate circular economy agenda for Rwanda.”, said the Minister.
The mission contributed to increase the visibility and raise awareness among global and national stakeholders about the role that a combination of a conducive macroeconomic policy environment, finance, and investments can play in accelerating the transition to a circular and green economy.
The meetings with high-level representatives, head of UN agencies and key stakeholders allowed to deepen the understanding of recent and ongoing efforts by different stakeholders to make the Rwandan economy greener and more inclusive.
Additionally, Rwanda launched its first ever National Circular Economy Action Plan and Roadmap on the sidelines of the World Circular Economy Forum in Kigali. Through value retention, reduction of waste and the creation of new economic opportunities, the Circular Economy Action Plan and Roadmap will contribute to Rwanda’s vision to be a carbon-neutral, climate resilient and prosperous economy by 2050.
Based on the mission results, PAGE and its partner agencies will develop a work-plan for Rwanda that ensure synergies and complementary actions.
Rwanda is the newest among the 22 PAGE partner countries, having officially joined the partnership in June 2022.
PAGE brings together UNEP, UNDP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR to reframe economic policies around sustainability and leaving no one behind.
Photo credit: WCEF, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economic Planning