In Durban Declaration, African Ministers Seek Action for Sustainability and Prosperity

African ministers agreed to make the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) the region’s forum for developing regional environment policies with mechanisms for implementation. The Conference focused on the need for African countries to pursue global and regional frameworks and policies to achieve the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063 while protecting the continent’s biodiversity and preventing environmental degradation.

The 17th Ordinary Session of AMCEN convened from 11-15 November, in Durban, South Africa. The session focused on the theme, ‘Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa.’

Ministers agreed on a ‘Durban Declaration on taking action for environmental sustainability and prosperity in Africa.’ The Declaration addresses action for environmental sustainability; the circular economy; the blue economy; biodiversity; land degradation, desertification and drought; climate change; plastic pollution; and informed decision-making.

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