Colloquium for Parliamentarians on Mainstreaming Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAS)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 25, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA
Monday, 4th – Wednesday, 6th June 2012
Entebbe, Republic of Uganda
Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment program (UNEP) and the Government of the Republic of Uganda.
The Colloquium is primarily aimed at creating greater awareness and enhancing capacity of Parliamentarians in environmental management, environmental policy and mainstreaming of
MEAs in sustainable development plans and policies.
The specific objectives of the colloquium are to increase capacity and awareness of Parliamentarians on:
• the linkage between environmental conventions and sustainable development;
• their role in mainstreaming MEAs in developmental plans and policies;
• the role of different stakeholders in enforcement and implementation of environmental laws and agreements;
• their role in compliance and enforcement;
• the importance of environmental governance;
• the importance of networking
Expected Outcomes: The Colloquium will focus on achieving the following results:
a) Increased knowledge and empowerment of Parliamentarians so that they are more proactive supporters of sound environmental management, effective environmental governance and sustainable development;
b) Enhanced capacity of Parliamentarians with regard to the execution of their roles in ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of environmental laws, policies and conventions at regional and national levels;
c) Improved networking and cooperation between national and regional Parliamentarians to achieve better cohesion on the continent.
The participants will be drawn from the regional and national Parliaments. The composition will comprise of Parliamentarians, MEAs experts, relevant CSOs and participants having a role in decision making.
Background: The African component of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) Capacity Building Program related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs Project) is housed at the African Union Commission (AUC) and has as overall objective to build the capacity of Africans to adequately implement MEAs thereby contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction on the continent. The European Union (EU) is the funding agency and United Nations Environment program (UNEP) the facilitator and funds manager on behalf of the EU. The MEAs Project was endorsed by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in its Johannesburg meeting of June 2008.
Journalists are invited to cover the opening ceremony of the Colloquium for Parliamentarians on Mainstreaming Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on Monday 4th June 2012, at 9:00am at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe.
African Union Commission (AUC)