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Background

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was established in December 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt. Its mandate is to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa; to ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner and to ensure that social and economic development is realised at all levels.

Regular sessions of AMCEN have been convened every second year since its inception. In addition, several special sessions have been convened in between regular sessions to consider specific issues of concern.

The Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will take place from 19th to 23rd August, 2019, in South Africa. The Conference will be held under the theme "Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa". The meeting of the Senior Officials/Experts will take place from 19th to 21st August, 2019 and the Ministerial Session from 22 to 23 August, 2019.

PACJA’s participation in AMCEN

PACJA recognises this regional meeting as an opportunity to shape discussions on environmental sustainability, as it links to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, and towards ensuring that decisions taken reflect the need of the African people as represented by CSOs. To this effect, PACJA will be spearheading a number of events both pre- and during AMCEN to meet its objective. The following are the key meetings that PACJA will be leading:

The Regional Multi-stakeholder consultations will be held from 17th to 18th August. The consultations aim to engage civil society organisations and other stakeholders to contribute effectively in the AMCEN conference.  

The engagement of multi-stakeholder organisations in the Conference is based on: 

  1. The need to reinforce the visibility and impact of the UN Environment Assembly in the context of the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global and regional levels, including the high-level political forum and the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development convened by the UN Regional Commissions.
  2. The need to harmonise the regional environmental agenda through AMCEN, with the global agenda through UN Environment Assembly (UNEA).
  3. The need to include Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) and non-state actors in decision-making processes and the implementation of AMCEN and UNEA decisions.

FCPF Africa Regional Workshop: African civil society and IPs are key stakeholders in the RCM and it is crucial that they are involved in order to contribute to a common African agenda through sharing experiences and giving recommendations on how to advance the regional environmental agenda, especially through REDD+.

The FCPF REDD+ project will hold a meeting prior to the AMCEN meeting in order to exchange knowledge and create a platform to expand conversations and broaden partnerships around REDD+ readiness processes while at the same time contributing towards the AMCEN agenda.

Participants will engage in a one day workshop on 19th August and then participate in the main AMCEN conference from 20th to 22nd August, 2019.

Expression of interest to participate in AMCEN

PACJA has limited resources to support its alliance members to participate in the 17th regular session of AMCEN. If you wish to be considered for participation, please answer the questions below and send back the form by 23rd June 2019. Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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