Green Belt Movement awarded at the 1st Africa Environment Partnership Platform
The first Africa Environment Partnership Platform opened on Thursday September 20, 2018 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The environment summit is the brainchild of African Union’s development agency, NEPAD, which is aiming to drive Africa’s environmental sustainability agenda and strengthen the continental architectures for sustainable environment management.
At the event, the Green Belt Movement was recognized and awarded for exceptional environmental organization dedicated to empowering communities, particularly women, and environmental conservation for improved livelihoods.
Following the coming into effect of the Paris Agreement in November 2016, NEPAD is spearheading the initiative as Africa’s unique opportunity to strategically address the continent’s environment and sustainable development goals in line with the African Agenda 2063.
The overall objectives of the Africa Environment Partnership Platform are to place a premium on partnership to establish synergies and a more vibrant global partnership to drive Africa’s environmental sustainability agenda and strengthen the continental architectures for sustainable environment management.
The platform is expected to enhance synergies and to standardize discussions with other stakeholders such as Civil Society, private sector as well as important multilateral and bi-lateral partners that are working on environmental issues in Africa. The work and priorities of the platform will be guided by the Environment Action Plan as well as periodic decisions by the AU System.