Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 July 2011

17th AU Summit / Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20 held in Malabo



17th AU Summit / Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20 held in Malabo


MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, July 5, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Commission, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the UN Environment programme and the African Development Bank met on 29 June in a round table high level dialogue on preparations for, and expectations from Rio+20 and beyond. The dialogue, held on the sidelines of the 17th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, was an opportunity for African political leaders and decision makers to reflect on, and provide guidance on the continent’s preparations for the conference.


Specifically, the dialogue aimed to:

Mobilise African political leadership and ownership of the regional preparations towards Rio +20

Deliberate on Africa’s sustainable development challenges, opportunities, concerns and priorities:

Secure political guidance on the preparation of Africa’s consensus statement for Rio+20


Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which is to be held in Brazil in June 2012, 20 years after the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was adopted. The Declaration had a global plan of action (Agenda 21) meant to ensure sustainable development through integration of environment and development issues.


However a five year review conducted in 1997 reported that little progress had been made in implementing Agenda 21. Rio+20 will therefore focus on two themes: i.e. a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication: and the institutional framework for sustainable development.


Attending the meeting were Mr Abdoulie Janne- the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Mr Achim Steiner- the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment programme; Mr Donald Kaberuka- the President of the African National Bank; Mr Jacob Zuma- the President of South Africa; Mr Denis Sassou Nguesso- the President of the Republic of Congo; Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumissiime- AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture: Mr Jean Pierre Ezin- the AUC Commissioner for Human Resources Science and Technology, political leaders and decision makers. The round table was moderated by Mr Jean Ping, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, who also delivered introductory remarks.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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