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, the African countries are still co-operating on environmental matters through AMCEN's inter-governmental sessions. So far fourteen sessions of the Conference have been held:
- AMCEN 1: Cairo (Egypt), December 1985;
- AMCEN 2: Nairobi (Kenya), June 1987;
- AMCEN 3: Nairobi (Kenya), May 1989;
- AMCEN 4: Dakar (Senegal), 1991;
- AMCEN 5: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), November 1993;
- AMCEN 6: Nairobi (Kenya), December 1995;
- AMCEN 7: Dakar (Senegal), November 1997;
- AMCEN 8: Abuja (Nigeria), April 2000;
- AMCEN 9: Kampala (Uganda), July 2002.
- AMCEN 10: Sirte (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), June 2004
- AMCEN 11: Brazzaville, May 2006
- AMCEN 12: Johannesburg (South Africa), June 2008
- AMCEN 13: Bamako (Mali), September 2010
- AMCEN 14: Arusha (Tanzania), September 2012
The Fifteenth Session of AMCEN is scheduled to be held in Egypt in 6-12 September 2014.