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AMCEN Session 2016

Sixth special session, Cairo, Egypt, 16 - 19 April 2016

"Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa"

Introduction

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) meetings provides guidance with respect to key regional policies and initiatives related to the environment. Pursuant to this, and in response to the kind offer by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the sixth special session of AMCEN will be held at the Dusit Thani Lakeview hotel from 16 to 19 April 2016 in Cairo, Egypt.

The special session will be held under the theme: "Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa" and will consist of a meeting of the expert group to be held from 16 to 17 April 2016, and a ministerial segment to be held on 18 and 19 April 2016.

On 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the declaration on Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide global, regional and national decisions over the next 15 years. The special session will provide an opportunity for ministers and experts to deliberate on how to move forward with regard to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa.

The sixth special session of AMCEN will also focus on assessing the implications for Africa of the Paris agreement on climate change, and especially the way forward for a swift implementation of the two African initiatives on Renewable Energy and Adaptation. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP21) held in Paris in December 2015 concluded with the adoption of the Paris Agreement that aims to strengthen the global response to climate change. The agreement is a framework for action, and the special session will provide an opportunity for governments to discuss how to translate what has been agreed in Paris into climate action which will make a decisive difference to the African region and its people.

During the session participants will also prepare towards Africa’s common approach for engagement in the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of UNEP scheduled to take place in Nairobi from 23-27 May 2016. UNEA-2 will be held under the overarching theme of “Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. UNEA, which represents the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will culminate in resolutions and a global call to action to address the critical environmental challenges facing the world today.

The Ministers and experts will deliberate on other priority issues and initiatives related to the environment and sustainable development in the continent. In particular, deliberations will take place on the implementation of the African common strategy on combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal trade in wild Fauna and Flora and its action plan, the implementation of the regional flagship programmes, as well as considering the relationship between AMCEN and the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, rural development, water and environment of the African Union Commission. Finally, ministers will adopt a declaration, a set of decisions and key messages reflecting the discussions under the various issues on the agenda.

Associated meetings

The following associated meetings will be held:
(a) 15 April 2016: Pre-AMCEN major groups and stakeholders’ forum (civil society) meeting.