The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was established in 1985 as a forum to strengthen co-operation on environmental issues between African governments. The continent was facing severe environmental degradation.
Through economic, technical and scientific activities, AMCEN's aim was to halt this degradation and support efforts aimed at satisfying the food and energy needs of the people of the continent. Since its inception twenty years ago, the African countries are still co-operating on environmental matters through AMCEN's inter-governmental sessions. So far ten sessions of the Conference have been held:
The Eleventh Session of AMCEN is scheduled to be held in Congo Brazzaville in mid-May 2006.