Gaborone - African environmental ministers will
meet in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, between Oct. 15 to Oct. 18
to discuss ways to further consolidate and enhance Africa’s common
position in the climate change.
The meeting comes ahead of the 19th Conference of Parties (COP), the routinely held climate change summit slated for 2015 in Warsaw, Poland.
Dubbed the 5th special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), the meeting will be held under the theme: "Towards a 2015 Agreement: Making Climate Negotiations of COPs 19, 20, and 21 Work for Africa."
"As the talks enter a new phase towards an agreement on a new legal
instrument under the Convention by 2015, it is important that the
developmental priorities of Africa be considered,’’ said Mable Bolele,
Coordinator Communication, Research and Development
from Botswana’s Wildlife and Environment Ministry.
Bolele said Africa needed to effectively engage in the negotiations, adding that the special session would help achieve the instrument.
She said the expert group would also discuss issues such as illegal
wildlife trade and the African Elephant Summit, the outcomes of the
first Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention, and other
The 5th special session is expected to adopt a declaration, decisions and key messages reflecting the discussions under the various items on the agenda.
AMCEN is a permanent ministerial forum established in 1985 to provide
guidance and advocacy, with respect to key regional policies and
initiatives related to the environment in Africa, including multilateral
Botswana’s President Ian Khama will open the meeting, while the opening speech will be delivered by Dr Terezya Huvisa, Minister of State–Environment, Tanzania and President of AMCEN Ibrahim Thiaw.