UNDP and the One UN Promise Stronger Support to the Environment Sector

Jun 3, 2013

Mr. Lamin M. Manneh, One UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, paid a courtesy call on Hon. Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Natural Resources. (Photo: Nausicaa Habimana Kantengwa)

Kigali, 3rd June, 2013 – During a courtesy call on the Minister of Natural Resources (MINIRENA), Honorable Stanislas Kamanzi, the One UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP-Rwanda, Mr. Lamin Momodou Manneh, promised a more effective and strengthened support in the Sector of Environment, adapted to the development agenda as defined in the EDPRS 2.

Mr. Manneh first commended the Government of Rwanda on the progress made in the area of environment and appreciated the partnership between the Ministry of Natural Resources and the One UN.  Mr. Manneh also noted the cleanliness and greenness of Rwanda, by stating that other countries on the continent wish to copy the example set by Rwanda.

The PS of MINIRENA, Ms. Caroline Kayonga gave to the One UN Resident Coordinator a broad picture of the Environment and Natural Resources Sector in Rwanda and said that the sector is composed of 5 sub-sectors, namely Environment and Climate Change, Lands, Forestry, Water Resources, and Mining. UNDP has been supporting the sector through REMA projects, it co-chairs the sector, and has supported the establishment of the Environment SWAP Secretariat.

The Minister recognized the valuable partnership of One UN, mainly through UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, and UNECA. He said that for the future support, the Ministry expects necessary capacity building to manage the Environment Sector more effectively during the upcoming UNDAP/EDPRS 2 cycles. He also said that support is needed in increasing the sensitization about the issues of the sector, in mainstreaming environment and in implementing environment regulations.

Mr. Manneh suggested that a technical meeting should be held to follow up shortly to conclude on the technical details of the future support of One UN and UNDP to the Sector of Environment.

Mr. Manneh then promised the Minister that One UN will continue to accompany the efforts made by the Government of Rwanda in the area of environment in a more stronger and effective way. He said that his prime focus during his mandate is to ensure better partnership with the Government and more effectiveness in the support of the One UN to the Government; and to leverage the partnership of One UN to seek on how to associate environment programmes supported by the One UN in Rwanda with regional programmes.

Hon. Kamanzi concluded by thanking the Resident Coordinator for the past partnerships with the One UN-Rwanda and stated that the Ministry of Natural Resources is looking forward the future partnership between the two institutions.  He also wished Mr. Manneh to have a successful mandate in Rwanda. 

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