Africa Charts its Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication after Rio+20

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Africa Charts its Pathways to
Sustainable
Development and
Poverty
Eradication

after Rio+20

African Environment Ministers Gather for 14th Session of the African Ministerial Conference
on the Environment

Arusha

(Tanzania)/Nairobi (Kenya), 12 September 2012

Environment Ministers and
g
overnment
representatives from over
forty African countries are convening in Arusha

from 12 to 14 September to
chart the region’s
p
ost
-
R
io+20 S
trategy

for Sustainable Development
.

The
Fourteen
th

regular
session of the African Ministeria
l Conference on the Environment
(AMCEN)
, also
and
first meeting of African environment

ministers
after Rio+20,
marks the twenty
-
fifth anniversary of this
institution,
of
which the United Nations Envir
onme
nt Programme (UNEP) serves as
secretariat.

The
c
onference kicked off this afternoon with
Vice
President of
Tanzania

Dr
.

Mohamed

Gharib Bilal
’s call
for
renewed commitment to
tackling the many

challenges that threaten the
future of African people such as
land degradation, climate change, deforestation, low agriculture productivity and poverty.

He
urged
ministers to
build a green economy that aims at reducing poverty,
take action now
to address the
unfulfilled M
illennium De
velopment Goals
,

chart a realistic and strong position on the ongoing
climate
negotiations

and

on

biodiversity and propose clear approaches that use the
three pillars of sustainable
development in a holistic way.

The
c
onference, which is held under the
theme “
Africa’s Post Rio Strategy for Sustainable Development

,

is
meant to
provide a platform for environment ministers to address key issues

and take decisions

in the
wake of Rio+20 and the 19th Summit of the Afri
can Union

that will help boost susta
inabl
e development in
Africa
.


UN Under
-
Secretary
-
General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
, speaking at the opening,

said:

The follow up to Rio+20 needs to mark a moment of renewed commitment, greater urgency and a turning
point in terms of
implementation of what has already been agreed.

A full engaged Africa at
the
UN General
Assembly and beyond can assist greatly in ensuring that the gains made at Rio+20 are not only secured, but
acted upon in order to boost the lives and livelihoods of now

one billion Africans and six billion others
across this extraordinary world.


The meeting

is also intended to produce an updated common position to ensure Africa’s participation in
priority issues such as the climate talks leading up to the 18
th

Conferenc
e of Parties to the UN
FCCC in
Doha, in December 2012;
a d
eclaration that maps Africa’s road to sustainable development
; and a set of
d
ecision
s

on the following issues:



Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development outcomes and Strategy for Africa



Strengthening and upgrading of the United Nations Environment Programme



Review of the action plan for the environment initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s
Development



Strengthening the Africa Environment Outlook and Environment Information Networ
ks in Support
of Decision Making in Africa



Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa



Involvement Parliamentarians in the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements
(MEAs)



Joint Celebration of the Africa Environment Day and Prof Wangari
Maathai Day

Note to editors:

AMCEN regular sessions are held every two years. The 14
th

ministerial conference was preceded
by an
expert meeting
,

which discussed
issues
related to the outcomes of
Rio +20, including major programmes,
strengthening of UNEP,
AMCEN related issues, Biodiversity, Climate change etc.

A civil society gathering and a youth forum were also organized as part of this AMCEN session.


For more information, please contact
: Nick Nuttall
, Acting Director of Communication and Public
Information and UNEP Spokesperson on Tel +254 20 7623084, Mobile +254 733 632755 E
-
mail:
nick.nuttall@unep.org

Or


Angele Luh, Information Officer, UNEP Regional Off
ice for Africa, Tel: +254 20 7624292; Mobile:
+254 (0) 731 666 140; Email:
Angele.Luh@unep.org

UNEP News Release


September
2012