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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 Saturday, 7 June 2008
View of the Sandton Convention Centre, venue of AMCEN-12
The expert group segment of the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12) opened on Saturday, 7 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Expert Group met in plenary throughout the day and heard presentations and considered a number of items, including: a report of the AMCEN Secretariat; implementation of the Action Plan for the Environment Initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); reports from the African Union Commission and NEPAD; AMCEN’s draft indicative work programme for the biennium 2009-2010; and the forthcoming launch of Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment. The day concluded with the formation of three drafting groups, which will convene on Sunday 8 June to prepare draft decisions for consideration at the ministerial segment. 
Opening Session
Dais during the opening session
Foday Bojang, African Union Commission, highlighted the status of various regional initiatives.
Peter Acquah, Officer in Charge, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Regional Office Africa (ROA), opened the session on behalf of the President of AMCEN.
Nosipho Jezile, Acting Director General, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa, emphasized AMCEN’s vital role in fostering a policy dialogue.
Peter Acquah, UNEP ROA, during his presentation on “Implementation of NEPAD Environment Initiative Action Plan and Decisions of AMCEN”.
Chair Alexis Minga (Republic of Congo) underscored the importance of AMCEN-12 to Africa today.
Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong, NEPAD, reported on the development of NEPAD’s strategic plan.
Kayembe Ditanta (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Nasséré Kaba (Côte d’Ivoire)
Henry Aryamanya-Mugisha (Uganda)
Amadou Maïga (Mali)
Bougonou Djeri-Alassani (Togo)
Momodou Suwareh (Gambia)
Amb. Charles Mogotsi, Permanent Representative to UNEP (Botswana)
Berhanu Solomon Genet (Ethiopia)
Stuart Mangold (South Africa)
Aboubaker Doualé Waiss(Djibouti)
Gloria Ujor (Nigeria)
Samy Mankoto Ma Mbaelele, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Ahmed Abdelrehim, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe
Charles Sebukeera, UNEP, during his presentation on Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
Around the conference
L-R: Abdulrahman Issa and Kelly West, IUCN
Participants during a coffee break.
Artwork around the conference venue
Local staff
Your African Regional Coverage (ARC) team. L-R: (back row) Richard Sherman, ARC Programme Manager (South Africa); Harry Jonas, Team Leader/Writer (United Kingdom); Wangu Mwangi, Writer (Kenya); Tallash Kantai, Writer (Kenya); (front row) Diego Noguera, Digital Editor (Colombia); Claudia ten Have, Ph.D., Writer (Germany/South Africa); and Asheline Appleton, Writer (Kenya). Happy Birthday Ash!
Related Links
UNEP Resources
Ministerial Agenda
Experts Agenda
Report of the Bureau of AMCEN on the work of its 22nd meeting
Status report on the implementation of the Action Plan for the NEPAD environment initiative - June 2006–May 2008
Status of the general trust fund of AMCEN
Status of implementation of the decisions taken by the 11th session of AMCEN
History of AMCEN
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