African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)

Posted on 11 November 2019

New assessment of air pollution and climate change launched.



Kevin Hicks, of SEI-York, is attending the 17th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), 11th to 16th November 2019, as a co-ordinator of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) funded ‘Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change in Africa’. The CCAC and UNEP are undertaking the assessment  to:

  1. Determine how development in Africa can proceed at the same time as limiting air pollution and its negative impact on environment, health and agriculture;
  2. Understand the potential to limit climate change in the near-term, and its implications for adaptation to climate change in Africa; and
  3. Inform review of ambition of Nationally Determined


The AMCEN meeting aims to ‘Taking Action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa’ and is where SEI, CCAC and UNEP organised a consultation for the CCAC African Assessment process with key stakeholders in the region, such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), national partners of the CCAC, and the scientific community, and who also contributed to discussions on the development of the AMCEN declarations.

Through the Africa assessment the CCAC and SEI will develop a scientifically robust and policy-relevant integrated assessment with African stakeholders during 2019 to 2021. Results from the assessment will provide a framework for national and local actions and will underpin regional co-operation on implementing measures to reduce near-term warming and air pollution impacts as measures to tackle climate change.

This assessment is particularly significant to Africa where emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) like black carbon and methane are very high due to dependence on wood fuel for cooking and the open dumping of waste.

Air pollution in Nairobi

Photo: Cooking contributes to high levels of air pollution in African cities.

This work will strive to produce a tailored package of solutions for climate and clean air for the region which links effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Africa Union Agenda 2063 and national level prioritized climate actions. The intergrated assessment process will bring together technical experts from across the region to discuss possible solutions, taking into consideration the data, experience and local development priorities.

Read an overview about the work (pdf).