GDSA hosts Focal Point gathering at the 16th session of AMCEN in Gabon

June 2017 (Libreville, Gabon): The Sixteenth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was held held from June 12-16, 2017 in Libreville, Gabon, under the theme: "Investing in Innovative Environmental Solutions to accelerate implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 in Africa".

The GDSA and AMCEN

In March 2015, AMCEN endorsed the GDSA as an implementation vehicle for AMCEN’s Regional Flagship Program on Africa’s Partnership for a Green Economy. The next year, in April 2016, the GDSA was acknowledged by AMCEN as a vehicle for valuation and accounting of natural capital and as a vehicle for contribution to  the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda. At the 2016 meeting, AMCEN member countries were also invited to join the GDSA.

GDSA Focal Point Meeting

The AMCEN conference is an opportunity for ministers and experts to discuss and prepare Africa’s common position and engagement in upcoming global environmental fora. Given the high attendance at AMCEN meetings, the GDSA uses the opportunity to convene GDSA Focal Points for discussions on GDSA-related issues. Six of the 12 member countries sent representatives to the meetings; representatives from Lesotho and Zambia sat in the meeting as observers.

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment was established in 1985 to strengthen cooperation between African Governments in economic, technical and scientific activities with the prime objective of halting and reversing the degradation of the African environment. AMCEN has contributed significantly to heightening policy responses of African Governments and the international community to Africa’s environmental and sustainable development challenges and opportunities. Through its meetings, AMCEN provides guidance to governments and policymakers on key regional policies and initiatives related to the environment and sustainable development int eh continent.

Information in this blog post adapted from the UN Environment website.