CAIRO: Environment Minister Laila Iskandar said that the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will be held in Cairo in September.
The 15th session is to provide a platform for African environment ministers to deliberate on substantive issues of importance to Africa as a follow-up to the key outcomes of the Rio+20 summit as well as the development of the action plan for the environment initiative of NEPAD, and the UN Environment Program (UNEP), she said.
The 15th session will also offer an opportunity to tackle other emerging issues and initiatives related to the environment and sustainable development in Africa, she added.
“In addition, to it aims at building African capacities in the field of environmental management and promote environmental regional and sub-regional initiatives and strategies,” she said.
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 Program for African cooperation. The Conference is convened every second year.