Strengthening Africa’s Negotiating Voice at Rio+20

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Date: 15/03/2012
Location: New York City

African Development Bank (AfDB) experts will, join partners on 15 March 2012 in New York City, to provide a training session for African negotiators in support of preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and to ensure Africa “speaks with one voice.”

The training will take place prior to negotiations on the zero draft of the Rio+ 20 outcome document, and will focus on Africa’s preparatory process and common position toward Rio+20, negotiation strategies from regional and global perspectives, and effective negotiating skills. AfDB trainers,  Anthony Nyong, Division Manager of the Compliance and Safeguards Division, and Musole Musumali, Natural Resource Management Expert, will highlight the Bank’s experience in implementing sustainable development on the continent and in working with African climate change negotiators.

Rio+20 is fast approaching (20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and the training is the latest of many consultations the AfDB and partners have organized in the past year to prepare ambassadors and negotiators from African states. Africa is taking a strong interest in Rio+20 as the conference themes have direct impact on the continent: 1) green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and 2) institutional framework for sustainable development.

Partners in Rio+20 planning include the AfDB, African Union Commission (AU), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme Regional Office for Africa (UNDP-RoA) and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

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