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About the Fifth Special Session of AMCEN

The Fifth Special Session of AMCEN will take place from 15 - 18 October 2013 in Gaborone, Botswana. The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) meetings provides guidance with respect to key regional policies and initiatives related to the environment. Pursuant to this, and in response to the kind offer by the Government of the Republic of Botswana, the 5th special session of AMCEN will be held from 15 to 18 October 2013 in Gaborone, Botswana.
The main objective of the Special Session is to provide a platform for African countries to further consolidate and enhance Africa’s common negotiating position in the climate change talks. The 18th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP18) held in Doha in 2012 culminated in the “Doha Climate Gateway” decisions that included amendments to the Kyoto Protocol establishing its second commitment period. As the talks enter a new phase towards an agreement of a new legal instrument under the Convention by 2015, it is important that the developmental priorities of Africa be considered. This calls for adequate preparations by Africa in order to effectively engage in the negotiations and hence the special session will help achieve this objective.

Advance Outcome Documents:

Draft Decision on Climate Change [English ] - [ Français ]

Gaborone Declaration [English ] - [ Français ]

Draft decision on strengthening and Upgrading UNEP [English ] - [ Français ]

Experts Meeting Decisions on Regional Flagship Programmes [English ] - [ Français ]