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The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)
The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) is a permanent forum where African ministers of the environment discuss mainly matters of relevance to the environment of the continent. AMCEN was established in 1985 when African ministers met in Egypt and adopted the Cairo Programme for African co-operation. The Conference is convened every second year.

15th Ordinary session of AMCEN

15th Ordinary session of AMCEN will  be held from 8-12 September, 2014 in Hurghada, Egypt (postponed, new dates will be communicated)

This fifteenth session of AMCEN will focus on harnessing Africa’s natural capital, taking into consideration the region’s diverse biodiversity and ecosystems. The session will therefore be held under the following theme: "Managing Africa’s Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication".

In addition, the session will provide an opportunity for ministers and experts to prepare for the climate change negotiations (COP20) to be held in Lima, Peru later in the year and the UN Secretary General’s Summit on climate change scheduled to take place on 23 September 2014 in New York. The on-going climate change negotiations have entered a critical stage towards the 2015 legal agreement and this session will be an opportune platform to review issues at stake for the continent and agree on the key messages to be used as a basis for the region’s negotiations in Lima.