AMCENAfrican Ministerial Conference on the Environment
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aACoeI would like to welcome the decision by AMCEN to endorse the recommendations of the Africa Gap report; an important step towards strengthening political will and building resilient national policies,aACA[yen] Steiner added.
Delegates to the AMCEN meeting are deliberating on the implications of the SDG's and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda for Africa.
Minister Molewa has told AMCEN that it was the responsibility of all countries to ensure that 'the letter and spirit of the SDG's are reflected in, and aligned with national, subnational and local plans.
Hakima El-Haite, Morocco's environment minister, urged African leaders during the conference to come up with a clear and common vision by the end of AMCEN.
On the sidelines of AMCEN, Egypt launched a national strategy on green economy in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and CEDARE after one year of preparation.
Among the topics included in the AMCEN agenda are the African common strategy on combating illegal trade of wild fauna and flora and implementation of the regional flagship programmes, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Egypt convened the very first AMCEN meeting in Cairo 30 years ago.
AMCEN, was established in 1985 and includes 54 countries.
In a bid to transform to more environmentally friendly ways, the AMCEN organisers announced the information will be made available only through digital platforms, including e-mail and flash drives.
This is the first time the meeting is held in Cairo - the birth place of AMCEN - in thirty years since the inception of the Conference in 1985.
UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, said, "On its 30th Anniversary, I extend my warmest congratulations to AMCEN and to Africa's leadership for having ably steered environmental governance across the continent for the last three decades; inspiring action, pioneering reform and charting a durable path towards sustainability and better lives and livelihoods for all.
AMCEN is the main environmental decision-making body in Africa, holding two sessions every two or three years.