Libreville, Gabon - The 16th regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment ushered a new era in the cooperation between UN Environment and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire with the signing of a Country Cooperation Framework that would enhance the effectiveness of UN Environment support to the country.
The cooperation agreement was signed in Libreville on 16th June 2017 at the Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire to Gabon by UN Environment Regional Director for Africa Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo and the Minister of Sanitation, Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire, Anne Désirée Ouloto in the presence of the High Commissioner of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E. Mr. Philippe Mangou.
The overall objective of this framework agreement is to provide an appropriate basis for coordinated and decisive actions to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of UN Environment operations in Côte d'Ivoire, in the context of the United Nations 2017-2020 Common Programming Framework. The cooperation is in line with the priorities of the National Development Plan for 2016-2020, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
The signing of this cooperation framework is an important breakthrough after several months of work between the two parties. The cooperation paves the way for a more effective partnership with Côte d’Ivoire in ensuring that the country’s developments prospects integrate a strong environmental dimension in government plans to attain the emergence status by 2020.
In signing this agreement, UN Environment and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire undertake to combine their efforts to promote cooperation and mutual assistance in the fields of environmental governance, promotion of consumption and sustainable production, efficiency in the use of resources, energy efficiency, combating climate change through implementation of the Paris Agreement, transition to a Green Economy; Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, protection of biodiversity, pollution control, clean-up of the Ebrie Lagoon, chemicals (including POPs and mercury) and waste management, promotion of sustainable cities, coastal erosion control and environmental assessments.
For the implementation of this Country Cooperation Framework, UN Environment intends to deploy its internal expertise and complement it by developing partnerships with the UN system, development partners, development banks and the private sector through public-private partnership in relevant areas in order to facilitate the strengthening of cooperation and the mobilization of financial resources under the leadership of Côte d'Ivoire.
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