Rwandan President calls on public, private sector to work together on climate change

25 September 2014 | Press Releases

New York, 24 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly today at its annual general debate, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, said the success of the Millennium Development Goals framework illustrated the ongoing strength of international cooperation and called on the public and private sectors to follow a similar method to worked together on climate change. The world must look forward to a future where countries do not have to choose between clean energy and economic growth, he said.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

On other pressing matters, he said World leaders must do more to address crises in Africa and the Middle East, adding that physical security and national identity were vital to sustainable nation-building and international peace and security.

Without them, gains in good governance would continue to suffer and erode, Mr. Kagame said. Change takes time; there are no short-cuts. Governments must include people in political processes. Good governance cannot flourish without the voices and concerns of people reflecting realities.

Managing diversity in societies and politics requires international commitment, he said, while noting negative experiences of nationalism are creating doubt about patriotism and national identity. Today, more than ever before, national identities are weak. In actuality, regionalism and religions have become the dominant force, tearing nations apart.

Mr. Kagame said his country is focused on building Government institutions that were held to account and on renewing national dignity. Rwandans are optimistic people who have faith in their Government and institutions, he added.

This year’s theme for the annual debate is “Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda.” Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.