The 17th session of African Ministerial Conference of the Environment (AMCEN) kicks off in Durban

11 November 2019

The 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has kicked off with the expert segment under the theme: “Taking action for Environment Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa” at the Olive Convention Centre, Durban in South Africa. 

The three day session, which 10 paves the way for the Ministerial segment set to take place from 14 to 15 November 2019, focuses on emerging environmental issues and the implementation of the various decisions, strategies and declarations to ensure Africa’s sustainable development and prosperity. 

Speaking at the official opening on behalf of the outgoing President of AMCEN, Mr Stanislas Stephen Mouba emphasised the need to “promote a shift in environmental management in Africa by taking more action,” he said. 

“We have all been truly impressed by the work that AMCEN has undertaken over the years, especially in bringing together countries from the region not only to tackle various environmental and sustainable development challenges facing our continent but also to explore how to take advantage of the opportunities that exist,” said Mr Mouba. 

AMCEN seeks to promote value-addition of natural resources for sustainable industrialisation and trade in Africa, preventing illegal trade in species, while addressing the impacts on the environment by adopting concrete resolutions and actions. It will deliberate on matters related to, amongst others, green economy, climate change, sustainable development and management of hazardous waste in the continent.  

The conference also provides a platform for Africa to consolidate its agenda and position in preparation for the forthcoming Twenty Fifth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 25) set to take place in Madrid, Spain next month.  

South Africa is the incoming chair of the AMCEN, and will serve to advance Africa’s environmental priorities, particularly within the Africa Group of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the African Group of Negotiators within the UNFCCC. 

As a chair, South Africa’s priority is to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa and the environmental component of Agenda 2063. 

Members of the media who applied for accreditation are encouraged to attend the cover the ministerial segment as per the dates stipulated above. 

For media queries, please contact:
Albi Modise
Contact number: +27 (0) 83 490 2871 or 
Mohamed Atani 
Contact number: +254 (0) 727 531253 

Issued by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with the African Ministerial Conference of the Environment.