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First Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region
(the Abidjan Convention)

10 June 2008 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg.
The first extraordinary meeting of the contracting parties to the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African region (Abidjan Convention) convened on Tuesday, 10 June 2008, in the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates heard opening statements from the Executive Director of UNEP and South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and received a report on the revitalization process of the Abidjan Convention. The meeting adopted seven decisions on the revitalization of the Abidjan Convention, including a decision to change the name to include reference to Southern Africa.
L-R: Momodou Cham, First Vice Chair of the Bureau to the Abidjan Convention; H.E. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment (South Africa); Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; and Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Director on the Revitalization Process of the Abijan Convention
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
H.E. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment (South Africa)
Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Director on the Revitalization Process of the Abijan Convention
Juliette Biao Koudénoukpo, Minister of Environment and Protection of Nature (Benin)
Louis Léandre Ebobola Tsibah (Gabon)
Diekumpuna Sita Jose, Minister of Urban Affairs and Environment (Angola)
Sidy Gueye (Senegal)
Racine Kane, IUCN
Daniel Amlalo (Ghana)
Almani Dampha, African Union Commission (AUC)
Participants during the presentation of the Report on the Revitilisation of the Abidjan Convention
After the session was officially closed, participants interacted with Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
L-R: Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo (Benin), Ibrahim Thiaw
Executive Director on the Revitalization Process of the Abidjan Convention, Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
L-R: Momodou Cham, First Vice Chair of the Bureau to the Abidjan Convention; and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
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