Regional Consultations
 

Africa

Africa has been very active in the Marrakech Process. It was the first region to have developed and launched its own 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP (PDF - 689 KB); which was developed during the first two regional meeting (Casablanca, 2004; and Nairobi, 2005). It was launched at the third regional meeting in Addis Ababa (May, 2006), in a high level panel with the president of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde Giorgis. The Ad-Hoc Expert Group Meeting on the Sustainable Development Report on Africa (SDRA) 2008-2009 was also held in Addis Ababa from 24th to 26th June 2009.

The African 10YFP on SCP was developed in the context of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and in close consultation with the Secretariats of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) and the Secretariat of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP); with the support of the African Union (AU), UN Economic Council for Africa (ECA), UNIDO, UNDESA and UNEP.

The African 10YFP identifies four SCP priority areas for the region, and provides recommendations for concrete actions. The SCP priorities areas in Africa are:

  1. Energy
  2. Water and sanitation
  3. Habitat and urban development
  4. Renewable resource based industries

An important aspect in the region is the strong cooperation and good coordination with two important partners African Roundtable on SCP (ARSPC) and the Marrakech Task Force on Cooperation for Africa, which are supporting the implementation of the African 10YFP. The ARSCP, a formal institution with support from AMCEN, is a key partner in the technical development and implementation of the African 10YFP and the co-chair of the Marrakech Task Force on Cooperation for Africa. The Task Force is supported by the German Government; it aims to assist African countries to implement some areas of the African 10YFP, with a special emphasis on assisting Africa to 'leapfrog' towards SCP patterns. The Task Force is working in three areas:

Based on the outcomes of the three African regional meetings, the ARSCP began with two pilot projects on:

  1. SCP for plastics as a demonstration of integrated solid waste management
  2. A regional training and awareness programme on life cycle assessment (LCA) as a planning and decision-making tool.

African Regional Meetings

The Ad-Hoc Expert Group Meeting on the Sustainable Development Report on Africa (SDRA) 2008-2009 was held in Addis Ababa from 24th to 26th June 2009. The overall objective of the meeting was to enable participants to deliberate on and enrich the thematic regional review reports, prior to their presentation to the Africa Regional Implementation Meeting preparing input for the 18th and 19th sessions of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The meeting brought together about 50 national and international experts and practitioners in the fields of mining, transport, chemicals, waste management and SCP.See meeting report.

African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)

The African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) was held in Johannesburg in June 2008 and was attended by 35 members from 21 African countries. The meeting was successful in building greater cooperation between the region and the Marrakech Task Forces. Concrete areas for collaboration with the Task Forces were identified on Sustainable Public Procurement, Sustainable Lifestyles and Sustainable Building and Construction. The roundtable announced the launch of an African Ecolabelling Mechanism (AEM) under the general guidance of the African Union Commission and with a secretariat based at the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO). A working group reviewed the progress of on going national projects on SCP (National SCP Programmes in Mauritius, Tanzania and two projects at the City level in Cairo and Maputo). The next regional meeting will be held in June 2009. See meeting report

Third African Expert Meeting on the 10YFP
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2006)

The African 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (PDF - 689 KB) was launched during the Third African Expert Meeting by the president of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde Ghiorgis; with the participation of the Ambassadors of Germany and Morocco, and representatives of the African Union (AU), African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), UN Economic Council for Africa (ECA), UNIDO and UNEP.

The African 10YFP on SCP was launched during the Third African Expert Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

During the Third African Expert Meeting it was also identified priorities and specific actions for four sub-regions: Easter Africa, Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, and Northern Africa. It was agreed that the region will focus on the following five priority areas:

  • Efficient water utilization and services
  • Labelling of African products to regional and international markets
  • Promotion of integrated solid waste management
  • Production and use of biofuels
  • Information and knowledge management for SCP

In order to provide technical inputs for the further development and implementation of the follow-up activities in the above key areas, it was agreed five technical committees that will operate under the Secretariat of the ARSCP.

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Second African Expert Meeting on the 10YFP
Nairobi, Kenya (2005)

The Second African Expert Meeting on the 10YFP was co-organised by UNEP and UN-DESA in consultation with the Secretariats of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) and the ARSCP. It was developed and approved project proposals in the four regional SCP priority areas: energy, water and sanitation, habitat and urban development, and industrial development.
It was also decided three pilot projects to monitor and evaluate SCP regional strategy:

  • SCP of plastics in Africa as a demonstration of integrated solid waste management in Africa
  • Mainstream SCP in Lake Victoria Region as a pilot project on mainstreaming SCP in regional development programmes
  • Regional training and awareness programme on Life Cycle Analysis as a planning and decision-making tool

The outcomes of this regional meeting were endorsed by AMCEN and by the African Ministers of Environment through the Dakar Declaration (PDF - 31 KB).

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First African Expert Meeting on the 10YFP
Casablanca, Morocco (2004)

The African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) became a formal institution with support from the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) at the First Regional Meeting in 2004. In addition, the ARSCP was subsequently incorporated into the Marrakech Process and, nowadays, it co-chairs the Cooperation with Africa Task Force together with the German Government. The ARSCP aims to facilitate the development of national and regional capacities for SCP and promote effective implementation of SCP policies and activities.
During the First African Expert Meeting, it was also discussed the regional framework for the promotion of SCP. The statement on SCP was submitted and approved by the AMCEN.

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Girma Wolde Giorgis
'Poverty alleviation can only be achieved through a comprehensive and integrated approach to break the vicious circle of poverty and environmental degradation. The African 10YFP is an opportunity to reaffirm the African commitment to environmental protection and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals'
Girma Wolde Giorgis, president of Ethiopia (Third African Expert Meeting, Ethiopia/2006)