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Press Releases and Speeches

ABIDJAN 13 May 2013

The Abidjan Convention Secretariat has begun to seek nominations to its Committee on Science and Technology, an ad hoc body of the multilateral marine regional agreement.

“The committee will assist the 22 governments of the Atlantic façade of Africa in order to take full advantage of the wise use of their marine and coastal resources for the benefit of their populations through poverty alleviation and socioeconomic development as well as wealth creation,” AbouBamba, regional coordinator of the Convention, said Monday in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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Speech of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Speech of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme to the Joint Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention and the Nairobi Convention. Joint COP 8/ 5 Meeting. Johannesburg, South Africa, 5 – 8 November 2007

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Mauritania Becomes The 16th Party To The Abidjan Convention

Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)/Nouakchott (Mauritania), 18 April, 2012 - The Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention is pleased to inform you that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has ratified the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (the Abidjan Convention).

The President of Mauritania, His Excellency, Mr Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, signed the accession instrument on 12 April, 2012 after Parliament endorsed its ratification on 16th January, 2011.

Mauritania has a total area of 1,030,700 square kilometre and a coastline of 754 km but relies heavily on its coastal waters which are amongst the richest fishing areas of the world, as a foreign exchange earner. The Country has developed its oil and gas industry with the discovery of offshore oil in the Chinguetti Field.

Following this development, Abidjan Convention Secretariat in collaboration with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the Global Oil and Gas Industry Association For Environmental And Social Issues (IPIECA) and France-based Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CDRE), is planning to organize a simulation exercise of the Country’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

The Abidjan Convention Secretariat wishes to state that the accession of Mauritania would not have been possible without the support of Mr Amedi Camara, the Honourable Minister of Environment, the Ministry’s Legal Adviser, Mr Ba Moussa Abdoulaye, Messrs Ahmed Senouri of The Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa (PRCM) and Vall of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as well as some former staff of the Ministry of Environment and the UNEP Department of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) colleagues.

This Convention with Mauritania will come into force as referred to in Article 26 on the sixtieth day following the date of deposit of the instruments of ratification, acceptance, appeal or accession.

Notes to the Editors:

The Abidjan Convention is a legal tool for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Region of West, Central and Southern Africa. It has an emergency protocol on oil spills and entered into force in 1984. The Convention covers 22 countries bordering the Atlantic coast of West Africa from Mauritania to South Africa. The Convention is administered by the United Nations Environment (UNEP) with Headquarters based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Refer to www.unep.org/abidjanconvention for details.

For more information, please contact: Mr Abou Bamba, Abidjan Convention, UNEP, abou.bamba@unep Tel:+225 027 18781

Ghana COP9 marks the full revitalization of the Abidjan Convention

Ghana COP9 marks the full revitalization of the Abidjan Convention – The Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central and Southern African Region (known as Abidjan Convention) - organized its 9th Conference of the Parties (COP9) from 28th of March to 1st of April 2011 in Accra, Ghana.

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