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Rwandan President commends LSE Africa Forum in UN address

His Excellency Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda focused on the challenges posed by climate change in a recent speech to the UN General Assembly, referring to the first Africa Climate Change Forum, a collaboration between LSE and the government of the Republic of Rwanda.

Photograph of Paul Kagame and Howard DaviesAddressing the Assembly in New York earlier this month, President Kagame (pictured right with LSE director Howard Davies at the Africa Forum) said that his country takes the challenges posed by climate change very seriously, and that they are determined to intensify efforts in reforestation, terracing and irrigation for more effective use of water and land resources.

He spoke about the importance of a global response to climate change, a key theme of the Africa Climate Change Forum, stating: 'Earlier this month in Kigali, the Africa Climate Change Forum brought together policymakers, business leaders, academic and scientific communities from different parts of the world. They reaffirmed that the world community urgently needs to "think global but also act locally" - in translating resolutions into actions.'

Over 200 people took part in the first Africa Climate Change Forum, held in Rwanda on 10-11 September. The forum examined how climate change could reverse some of the development Africa has witnessed in recent years and how changing temperatures could prevent some people from accessing natural resources such as water and contribute to armed conflict.

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30 September 2008

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