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Conflicts, particularly in the Western Sudanese region of Darfur, overshadowed other developments in the news headlines. However, positive and high profile efforts at environmental cooperation continued, such as the African Ministerial Meeting on Energy in May and the 10th regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in June. In the Great Lakes region, leaders of 11 countries met in Dar es Salaam in November at the International Conference on the Great Lakes. A large range of issues was discussed including peace and security, democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration, and humanitarian and social issues. Environment was a crosscutting theme in all these areas, and featured prominently in preparatory meetings and the conference itself.


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