African Animal Welfare Caucus Gather in Rwanda to Explore Global Crisis Solutions Through Animal Welfare
With the charm of its numerous mountain ranges, the land of a thousand hills opened its doors to animal welfare in Kigali in September 25 to September 27, 2023. The 7th Africa Animal Welfare Conference - Action 2023 was hosted by the government of Rwanda, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), African Union InterAfrican Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), and Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW). The hosts welcomed the delegates to the conference exploring the theme, “Navigating the delicate balance of animal welfare, climate change, and development - concerted actions towards a healthy and sustainable development.”
Registration to this year's conference is closed.
The 7th Africa Animal Welfare Conference took place both physical at the Sainte Famille Hotel, Kigali – Rwanda and virtually through a zoom platform from 25-27 September 2023.
Conference report and presentations will be uploaded soon on this website.
The registration portal to the 8th Africa Animal Welfare Conference - Action 2024 will be opened soon on this website.
What is Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC)
It is an annual conference co-hosted by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the Government of the Country on Which the Conference is held, for professionals and practitioners, coming together to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation.
Conference Theme and Sub-Themes
- Farm and working animals
- Welfare of animals in disasters
- Faith based perspectives of animal welfare and environmental conservation
- Emerging trends in education and research
- Wildlife and environmental conservation
- Climate change and animal welfare (Panel discussion)
Conference Vision, Mission, and Goal
The Conference aims to be the premier platform for animal welfare stakeholders in Africa to engage in dialogue, learning and strategy development to address circumstances and developments in animal welfare.
The Conference sets to bring together animal welfare stakeholders to deliberate on critical issues affecting animals, their value and their contribution to socio- economic, environmental, humane and sustainable development in Africa.
The overall goal of the conference is to stimulate policy development, review and planning for the realization of animal welfare.
This 7th Conference will seek to achieve the following objectives:
- To outline the need to ensure actions toward balancing the need for human development and environmental sustainability.
- To illustrate progress towards mainstreaming Animal Welfare in the United Nations and preparations towards UNEA 6.
- To reflect on the progress of implementation of AWSA through the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW).
- To exchange knowledge and best practices towards enhancing animal welfare, environmental sustainability and human development.
- To develop a critical mass of sensitized animal welfare stakeholders in Africa to champion and support the emerging animal welfare, sustainable development and environment agenda in the continent.
- To entrench among stakeholders and communities in Africa their role in improving animal welfare and supporting environmental conservation in Africa.
- To advance linkages and networking among stakeholders in animal welfare, environment, development and related sectors in Africa.
- Review and commit to necessary action plans that need to be taken towards enhancing animal welfare in Africa.
- Enhanced support for animal welfare and environmental policies from government institutions and other key stakeholders in Africa.
- Conference report, including resolutions.
- Conference papers and presentations.
The Conference is jointly organized by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), African Union InterAfrican Union for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and Africa Network for Animal Welfare.
They are supported by a Conference Organising Committee and will work in partnership with the Government of Rwanda through the ministries of Agriculture and Environment.