Welcome to the
Joint Conference of Parties
of the Nairobi and Abidjan Convention,
COP 5/8 Meeting
5th - 8th November,
During the COP 7 of the Abidjan Convention,
which was held in Gabon in March 2005, the Republic
of South Africa offered to host the COP 8 of the
Abidjan Convention alongside the COP 5 of the
Nairobi Convention in parallel sessions. This
offer was discussed and supported in a meeting
of the focal points of the Nairobi Convention,
held in Tanzania in November 2005.
The Joint COPs was organised in collaboration
with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development
(NEPAD), under the umbrella of the African Union.
The collaboration with NEPAD builds on an agreement
reached during the launch of the Interim Secretariat
of NEPAD (SINEPAD) in Dakar in November 2002.
The participating countries requested that the
Joint Implementation Mechanism of the Nairobi
and Abidjan Conventions should become a central
instrument in the implementation of the environmental
component of NEPAD, especially with regards to
the marine and coastal environment.
The Conferences took place in Johannesburg and
were organized in segments: Stakeholder workshops
on 5th November; Heads of Delegation meetings
on 7th November; and a Joint meeting of the Heads
of Delegations for both the Abidjan and Nairobi
Conventions and NEPAD on 8th November.
The COPs were preceded by the WIO-LaB project
steering committee meeting on the 5th November.
On the margins of the Joint COPs, the WIO-C will
be formally launched. There will also be two side
events, scheduled for the 6th and 7th November:
South-South Cooperation by UNEP DEWA; and the
implementation of the Shelf Programme on the delineation
of the continental shelf by Grid Arendal.
- Report of the fifth meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region