Ministers of Environment from all 54 African countries met to discuss Managing Africa’s Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication at the 15th sessions of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The meeting concluded with the Cairo Declaration, where the African ministers of environment declared their resolve, “[t]o acknowledge the important contribution of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa in pursuing sustainable development and implementing the African Green Economy Partnership Regional Flagship Programme of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment.”
The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa was on the agenda and represented by Daniela Raik, Jaco Venter and Wame Hambira from Conservation International. Conservation International promoted its role as Secretariat of the Gaborone Declaration and began laying the groundwork for the road show. The road show team will visit each signatory country to meet with government representatives from several ministries — environment, finance, planning, rural development, and agriculture — to discuss needs, opportunities and define an action plan. The Secretariat is also working with several partners such as the World Bank, UNEP, and UNDP, to ensure our efforts are complementary and add value.
AMCEN was established in December 1985 to advocate, “for environmental protection in Africa; to ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner; to ensure that social and economic development is realized at all levels; and to ensure that agricultural activities and practices meet the food security needs of the region.” AMCEN is currently holding discussions with the African Union Commission (AUC) on harmonization and linkages between the Ministerial Conference and the AUC and now the Gaborone Declaration is part of those discussions.
We will keep you updated on the progress of the Gaborone Declaration as we move towards full compliance of this historic commitment. More information on the 15th Session of AMCEN can be found here.