The Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will take place from 11 to 15 November 2019 at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. The Conference will be held under the theme "Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa".
The focus of the seventeenth session of AMCEN is the need for African countries to take practical action, including implementation of policies, relevant regional and global frameworks, in order for the continent to attain environmental sustainability and prosperity and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063. The session will therefore be held under the following theme: "Taking Action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa". The theme builds on the focus of the seventh special and sixteenth regular sessions of AMCEN on turning environmental policies into action, as well as the need to invest in Innovative Environmental Solutions for accelerating implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063.
It is hoped that the 17th session of AMCEN will inspire and mobilise actions that lead to a greater accounting of the progress made so far and the gaps that remain. A robust monitoring system would help spot shortcomings and ensure that the decisions made at AMCEN are properly implemented. While pockets of success exist across the continent, there is an urgent need to account for progress made. Member States are also being urged to formally communicate their plan on how they intend to clear the arrears and sustain their contributions to the AMCEN Trust Fund, which is one of the mechanisms available for kick-starting financing for the implementation of the body’s decisions. It is also hoped that ministers will support a call for the creation of a cross-sectoral taskforce in each country to ensure that environmental policies are harmonised across government departments.
For more information, please contact:
Mohamed Atani, Head of Communication and Outreach
Tel: +254 (0) 727 531253
David Ombisi: AMCEN Secretariat
Tel: +254 (0)20 762 4221
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