Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), in partnership with ICLEI Africa and Local Governments for Sustainability, has organized the first-ever Multilevel Dialogue on the Urban Shift.
Themed “New-Age Infrastructure to Build Flood Resilience and Enhance Biodiversity in Rwandan Cities,” the event aims to foster collaboration and coordination among various stakeholders to tackle climate change and accelerate sustainable development goals.
Representatives from governmental institutions in Rwanda, along with local government leaders from key districts including the City of Kigali, Rubavu District, Muhanga District, Huye District, Musanze District, Nyagatare District, and Rusizi District, gathered for the dialogue. Development partners and members of civil society also participated in the event, emphasizing the significance of engaging multiple levels of governance for effective climate action.
The Multilevel Dialogue serves as a platform to stimulate discussion and enhance coordination among stakeholders, both horizontally and vertically, to address climate change challenges and expedite the implementation of local development priorities.
By leveraging the Rwanda Urban Development Project (RUDP II), an initiative under UrbanShift, the country aims to improve access to essential services, bolster resilience against climate risks and natural disasters, and strengthen integrated urban planning and management.
The project, which focuses on Kigali and six other cities, corresponds with Rwanda’s commitment to sustainable development as expressed in the Agenda 2030 goals.