19th African Ministerial Conference on Environment kicks off in Addis Ababa

The nineteenth ordinary session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) kicked off today in Addis Ababa.

The conference organized under the theme "Seizing opportunity and enhancing collaboration to address environmental challenges in Africa," will be held until 18 August 2023.

At the opening of the conference, State Minister of Planning and Development Sandokan Debebe said Ethiopia has been exerting maximum efforts to mitigate climate change by planting billions of trees.

The efforts being made by the government of Ethiopia is nature based solution to climate change, he added noting that the country is also highly engaged in exploring renewable energy which shows the country's commitment to sustainable development.

The conference that attracted more than 40 environment ministers and over 440 participants, is expected to help Ethiopia to show case its achievements in Green Legacy Initiative.

The main objective of the conference is to strengthen collaboration among the various institutions and enhance implementation of regional and global environmental frameworks in order to address the environmental challenges facing the continent.

This entails building on existing initiatives, including strengthening the role of those institutions that support implementation of regional and global outcomes, it was indicated.

The session will also aim to further strengthen the work of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in its contribution to the region’s environment and sustainable development agenda.

This includes addressing emerging environmental issues, enhancing collaborative efforts with partners and stakeholders, beefing up its financial base, and review of proposals to strengthen its rules of procedure, as was decided by the resumed 18th ordinary session, among other matters.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency