Memorandum to the 17th session of African Ministerial Conference of the Environment

Date: Thursday, 14th November 2019
Venue: Olive Convention Centre, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Ms Barbara Creecy, South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, incoming President of AMCEN

Copied too:
Mr Feroze Shaik, Department of Environment, South Africa (fshaik@environment.gov.za);
Mr David David Ombisi, coordinator of the AMCEN secretariat (david.ombisi@un.org);
Ms Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, United Nations Environment Progamme (UNEP) Director, Africa Office (juliette.Biao@un.org);
Mr Mohamed Atani, Head of Communication and Outreach, UNEP (mohamed.atani@un.org); and
Mr Isaiah Otieno, Civil Society Support Assistant, UNEP (Isaiah.otieno@un.org)

This week marks 24 years since the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues - Baribor Bera, Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbokoo, Barinem Kiobel, John Kpuinen, Paul Levura and Felix Nuate - by the State of Nigeria for campaigning against the devastation of the Niger Delta by oil companies, in particular, Shell.

They were not the first and will not be the last to suffer because of the link between corporate greed and corrupt politicians. 

We remember the very many who have lost their lives and who suffer, in particular:

We recognise the fact that:

We gathered here today to make a simple demand on the Environmental Ministers of Africa:

We urge you to fulfill your mandated democratic duty and report back to us and broader civil society in Africa with meaningful actions at your next gathering, showing that you are truly protecting Africa and its people.

Do not fail us as you have done to date.

 

Minister Barbara Creecy:       ………………………………………...
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

 

Desmond D’Sa:                      ………………………………………...
South Durban Community Environmental Affairs

 

On behalf of:
Abahlali baseMjondolo
Amadiba Crisis Committee
Cato Ridge Community
Earthlife Africa Durban
groundWork
South African Waste Pickers Association
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Thor ex-Workers
Ubunye bamaHostela