On 11-13 August 2009, the Africa Union Commission (AUC) held a workshop on the EC-ACP Capacity Building Project on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The workshop, which is organized by the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC, took place at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop was held within the framework of the ACP-EC partnership agreement, and marked an important step towards the implementation of activities such as;
– Negotiating capacity and scientific support through capacity building activities for legal officers,
– Enhancing of legal capacity of AUC and Member States through capacity building activities for legal officers,
– Improvement of South-South cooperation and coordination through exchanging information and liaising with Caribbean and Pacific Hubs, raising awareness for parliamentarian and other decision makers…etc.
-The workshop is aimed at identifying the different needs of Africa to ensure the full implementation of MEAs by exchanging views amongst the Experts, in order to gather sufficient information for the drafting of an outline of a work programme.
According to the Department of Rural economy and Agriculture, the main objective of the project is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of African ACP countries for effective implementation and compliance of MEAs and other commitments, which leads to sound management of the environment and natural resources.
Participants at the workshop included: officials from the AUC; representatives of partner organizations such as the UNEP, EU, FAO, NEPAD, and RECs.
Statement by Abebe Haile Gabriel, Ag. Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture at Needs Assessment Workshop for Programme on Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in ACP Countries-Africa Hub
UNEP Project Note