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Civilian Protection Central to Peacekeeping

Kigali, 26 September 2014


This morning, President Kagame addressed a high level meeting on strengthening international peacekeeping. The session aimed at improving funding and deployment of peacekeepers around the world was co-hosted by Rwanda, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Japan and the United States.As the fifth largest contributor of peacekeepers in the world, Rwanda recently joined an initiative launched by the United States to ensure rapid deployment of peacekeepers in conflict situation. The initiative will include 6 African nations and funding of 110 million dollars for training and equipment.

 

President Kagame emphasized three points that remain essential for effective peacekeeping: speed of deployment, protection of civilian and connection with communities served by peacekeepers.


“When lives are at stake, nothing matters more than saving them. Protection of civilians should be the central purpose of peacekeeping.”

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MDG Deadline is not the finish line

New York, 25 September 2014

 

This morning in New York, President Kagame attended the United Nations Millenium Development Goals advocates meeting. President Kagame called on increased action towards achieving the MDGs and building on the gains made to date;


“Everyone can be an advocate for the Millennium Development Goals. There is always more to do and every voice counts.”


Rwanda has achieved several MDGs including the fastest rate of decline of child mortality and gender parity in education. With only 462 days to go until the deadline set for MDGs, President Kagame reminded those present that the MDGs are only the beginning as more needs to be done:


“The MDG are a floor, not a ceiling. Being on track does not mean that problem is solved, far from it. Even in the face of setbacks, which will always be there, it is useful to see them as opportunities to strengthen institutions and improve service delivery.”

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Address by President Kagame at the 69th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly

New York, 24 September 2014

We are living through a period of unprecedented progress in human development. The success of the Millennium Development Goal framework demonstrates that international cooperation remains strong, though we wish the expected results would come faster.

Even on climate change, if the public and private sectors work together to increase investment in scientific research, we can look forward to a future where countries no longer have to choose between green energy and economic growth.

While we work on building peace and well-being in Africa, crises elsewhere in the world have aroused grave concern. Efforts to address them seem to have little effect, and in some cases may even make things worse.

Two critically important public goods have been consistently undervalued by the international system in its approach to conflict resolution and peacebuilding: These are physical security and national identity.

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Remarks by President Kagame at the Summit on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

New York, 24 September 2014

Thank you for calling and chairing this important meeting. Terrorism has been a reality in Africa and across the world for decades, and it continues to be. In some regions, it has even been getting worse. Another reality is that we can and must defeat these terrorists through

concrete actions and cooperation. One year ago this week, the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi claimed dozens of lives. The resolution which we have just adopted is therefore an unfortunate necessity. Additional measures to disrupt travel and terrorist financing are important, and we will continue to do our part.

Above and beyond that, wherever atrocities are being committed, the first priority is to halt them. Only then can efforts to address the root causes be effective.

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President Kagame attends UN Climate Summit

New York, 23 September 2014

President Kagame today attended the Climate Summit held yesterday in New York during the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Climate Change Summit, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon brought together world leaders to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement. The agreement is expected in Paris by the end of 2015. The meeting was attended by 100 Heads of state as well as over 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society.

In a statement issued during the summit, Rwanda shared its vision for sustainable energy:

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