AMCEN members resolved to promote South-South Cooperation, including through intra-Africa and Africa-Brazil-China cooperation for sustainable development in Africa, and to effectively integrate the economic, environmental and social dimensions into local, national and regional development policies and strategies. The decision was made at the 14th Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from September 7-14, 2012 under the theme: Africa's Post Rio+20 Strategy For Sustainable Development.
During the conference, member states also agreed to initiate an African green economy partnership that will facilitate coordinated support to AMCEN members and serve to implement the global partnership for action on the green economy as a vehicle for poverty eradication, the creation of decent jobs and sustainable development. This initiative, and other regional programmes agreed upon could benefit from various opportunities under the South-South Cooperation.
The 14th session was held to provide a platform for African environment ministers to deliberate on substantive issues of importance to Africa as a follow-up of key outcomes of the Rio-F20 summit held in June 2012. The session was attended by representatives from 45 AMCEN member States, representatives of international organizations, secretariats of various Environmental Conventions, financial institutions, research institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and youth from various African countries.
UNEP Regional Office for Africa organized a side event to showcase the successes and opportunities of the UNEP-China-Africa Cooperation on Environment program. Within this program there are six ongoing projects in Africa. One of the projects undergoing phase 11 implementation in Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo and Burundi aims to enhance the capacity of monitoring shared water resources of Lake Tanganyika, through building and strengthening the capacity of national teams in close cooperation with different partners.
The China-Africa Cooperation Program was initiated under the supervision of AMCEN and the African Union (AU) in 2008 to promote, through UNEP, interventions within South-South Cooperation mechanisms. The program is a direct response to countries' priorities identified by the NEPAD Environmental Action Plan at regional and sub-regional levels.
The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) is a permanent forum converging African environment ministers to discuss relevant environmental issues of the continent. AMCEN was established in 1985 when African ministers met in Egypt and adopted the Cairo Program for African co-operation. The Conference is convened every second year.