Angola has formally expressed interest in joining the 13-nation Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA), an African-led initiative that’s working to promote incorporation of the value of ‘natural capital’ into national development.
The expression of interest is contained in an official correspondence by Angola’s Minister of Environment Dr. Paula Francisco to GDSA’s Executive Secretary Mr. Ruud Jansen, dated December 28, 2018.
“The Government of the Republic of Angola has taken note of the objectives of the 2012 Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa and would hereby like to indicate her interest in joining the GDSA in accordance with the GDSA joining procedures,” wrote the Minister.
She added: “The policies and activities of the Government of Angola and our Ministry of Environment are in alignment with the objectives and actions of the GDSA and its Secretariat and the Government of Angola is desirous to work together with the GDSA Secretariat so as to pursue joint programmes and activities in line with the objectives set out in the Gaborone Declaration.”
On his part, GDSA’s Executive Secretary Mr. Jansen said that, based on the expression of interest, Angola has become an Associate Member of the GDSA adding that the country will be afforded the opportunity to become a full GDSA member by officially signing the Gaborone Declaration at the next GDSA Forum of Ministers' meeting scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2019.
“We highly appreciate Angola’s interest in working closely with the GDSA and member countries to realize enhanced socioeconomic development based on sustainable use of its precious natural capital. We warmly welcome Angola to be a member of the GDSA,” he said.
“The GDSA Secretariat and the Government of Angola will further develop their cooperation on various key initiatives including a proposal by the GDSA in conjunction with Conservation International to carry out a natural capital mapping exercise of the Okavango Basin to strengthen conservation, natural resource management and sustainable development in this critical ecosystem and to support the growth of a sustainable tourism industry.”
Mr. Jansen revealed that apart from Angola, a number of other nations in Africa are also expected to join the GDSA in 2019, with some having already expressed interest informally.
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