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Twelfth Session of the African Ministerial Conference
on the Environment (AMCEN-12)

7-12 June 2008 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Highlights for Thursday, 12 June 2008
Artwork at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
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The ministerial segment of the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12) concluded on Thursday, 12 June 2008, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ministers, heads of delegations and their advisors met in the morning to hear the President’s summary of the ministerial policy dialogue, agree to the AMCEN Johannesburg Declaration, and adopt eight decisions, including on climate change and the implementation of the Action Plan for the Environment Initiative of NEPAD. Mali offered, and delegates agreed, to host AMCEN-13.
Closing Plenary
Dais on the final day of AMCEN-12. L-R (front row): Foday Bojang, Commission of the African Union (AUC); Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa; and Peter Acquah, Officer in Charge, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Regional Office Africa.
Momodou Cham (Gambia)
Hany Shalaby, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Sidy Gueye (Senegal)
Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Halima Tayo Alao, Minister for Environment, Housing and Urban Development (Nigeria)
Aboubaker Doualé Waiss (Djibouti)
Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization
Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention
Mohamadou Mansour N'Diaye, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention
Dirk Reinermann, The World Bank
Henry Aryamanya-Mugisha (Uganda)
Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
Ogunlade Davidson (Sierra Leone)
Diekumpuna Sita Jose, Minister of Urban Affaris and Environment (Angola)
André Okombi Salissa, Minister of Tourism and Environment (Republic of Congo)
Kayembe Ditanta (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Mitheka Mwenda, Climate Network Africa
AMCEN-12 President Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa, closed the meeting at 12:46 pm.
L-R: Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa, and Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO, at the close of the conference.
Around the conference center
L-R: Richard Sherman, ARC Programme Manager, and Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa
L-R: Alf Wills (South Africa) and Harry Jonas (Team Leader/Writer, ARC)
Your ARC team. L-R: Diego Noguera, Digital Editor (Colombia); Harry Jonas, Team Leader/Writer (United Kingdom); Claudia ten Have, Ph.D., Writer (Germany/South Africa); Asheline Appleton, Writer (Kenya); Wangu Mwangi, Writer (Kenya); Tallash Kantai, Writer (Kenya); and Richard Sherman, ARC Programme Manager (South Africa).
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Report of the Bureau of the AMCEN on the work of its 22nd meeting
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Status of implementation of the decisions taken by the 11th session of AMCEN
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