The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, will participate in a multi-stakeholder event tagged ‘Clean Fuels for West Africa’, to be hosted by the Dutch government on Monday December 5th from 12pm to 4.30pm at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, The Hague.
The event will bring together key institutions and individuals from governments, industries and NGOs to fast-track action to facilitate transition to cleaner fuels in West Africa. The event is in two parts:
The first segment of the event will have a representative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to summarize the impact of high-sulphur fuels on air quality and health and identify possible steps to address this issue in West Africa. After that, Amina Mohammed, the Nigerian Minister of Environment and Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, will make a joint statement.
A symbolic declaration ceremony will be followed by a panel discussion, to include relevant stakeholders like NGOs (ANEEJ inclusive) and business communities, the OECD and various governmental institutions.
Organizers aim to increase the pace of action to help reduce air pollution and improve public health in West Africa.
In addition, participants at the event will be expected to write an action-oriented statement of 140 characters (the length of a tweet) to be incorporated into a declaration to highlight their commitment.
September 14th & 15th 2016 ANEEJ carried out a campaign on the Streets of Abuja, Nigeria and subsequently called a world press conference to raise awareness on the danger and negative effects of high-sulphur fuels imported into West Africa by Swiss Commodity traders – Trafigura et all.