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Africa ministers to discuss common position on climate change

11 October 2013, 17:49

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 emerging issues.

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 environmental agreements.

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.

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