About The Conference

Africa Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) spearheaded effort to develop the Africa Strategy for Animal Welfare as a way of consolidating synergy towards better Animal Welfare in Africa. Governments and Civil societies in Africa are currently at various stages of domesticating the implementation of Africa Strategy for Animal Welfare, coordinated through the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW).

The Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC), now in its third year, is steadily emerging as a major forum for practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders in animal welfare to engage and build capacity in this sector, and further still, to relate the sector to relevant actors in development.

The AAWC 2018 was held in Nairobi, Kenya, cohosted by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) and the UN Environment under the theme “People, Animals and Planet: One Health, One Welfare”.

Several issues emerged at the conference and proposals were put forth for inclusion as sub-themes and topics for AAWC 2019. They include:

  • Animal Welfare is a crucial matter that calls for mainstreaming in development across Africa.
  • The need for UN Environment to embrace animal welfare as a substantive issue that merits discussion at the UN Environment Assembly sessions.
  • The need to incorporate Animal Law into the legal curriculum.
  • The importance of involving youth in environmental and animal welfare matters in the continent cannot be under-estimated and requires pro-action.
  • There is need for concerted efforts to pursue partnerships with humanitarian agencies so as to improve Animal Welfare and especially Animals in Disaster situations.
  • The need to promote sustainable production and consumption.

The Conference offered a vibrant platform for discussion of issues on Animal Welfare against the backdrop of Human Health and the Environment. It gave a fresh outlook to the One Health concept with a clear definition of the link between human-health, animals and the environment.

The Africa Animal Welfare Conference 2019

Theme: Animals, Environment and Sustainable Development in 21st Century Africa: An Interlinked Approach.

In Africa, animals are deeply embedded in the lives and livelihoods of the communities that live and interact with them. That animals are an essential livelihood support in Africa cannot be overemphasized; though there appears to be a dearth of published information on the community-animals interconnectedness.

Moreover, Animal Welfare as a concept is rapidly gaining interest in Africa, and the time has come to define Animal Welfare in terms of development. It is in public domain that Africa is currently enjoying a moment of immense growth across various sectors, notably infrastructure, energy and agriculture (food security).

These massive changes and investments offer a perfect opportunity to entrench the place of animals and consequently their welfare in the continent’s development spectrum.

There is need to fashion out how animal welfare relates to development, considering the implications that these developmental megatrends might have on the environment, people and animals.

The conference will aspire to address the direct and indirect role of animals in contributing towards supporting the aspirations of Africa Union Agenda 2063 and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, especially SDGs:

  • GOAL 1: No Poverty
  • GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • GOAL 13: Climate Action
  • GOAL 15: Life on Land

The conference will therefore focus on the role of animals towards livelihoods’ support systems and attainment of sustainable development, and the leverage that better animal welfare will offer as a factor in sustainable development. It is envisioned that the discussions emanating from the sessions will center around the connection of animals to overall socio-economic development in Africa and point out the unused and perhaps unstated potential that can be harnessed from animals to make them a core element in the development agenda of the continent while at the same time taking cognizant of their wellbeing. This will be expected to spiral into greater interest and investment in improving Animal Welfare in Africa, and consequently human and environmental health will be realized as a key benefit in the inter-connection from the previous conference.

Venue and Date
The Africa Animal Welfare Conference 2019 will be held at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa (UNCC-AA) Ethiopia, from 2-4 September 2019. The venue is within the larger United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2019 Conference Objectives

To demonstrate the link between Animal Welfare and the attainment of sustainable development in Africa.

To establish a focused and well-informed caucus of animal welfare practitioners and stakeholders who are cognizant of prevailing policies and legislation and any gaps thereof.

To assess the progress of agreed resolutions from 2018 Conference.

To develop benchmarks and resources for necessary advice and support for stakeholders in Animal Welfare and environment issues across Africa.

To illustrate progress towards mainstreaming Animal Welfare in the United Nations and Member States across Africa and championing the gains realized through the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW).

To entrench the role of communities in achieving responsible use of animals, improving animal welfare and supporting environmental conservation in Africa.

To interrogate the place of civil society and relevant resolutions from the fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA4) held in March 2019 themed “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”.

The conference will employ a multiplicity of approaches in efforts to achieve these objectives. These include:

Discussions focusing on the on the role of animals in development in Africa and the implications of animal welfare on development with reference to International Trade.

Dissemination of information on current and recent development projects and their interaction with animal welfare and environmental issues in Africa. This will include discussion and case studies on creating a healthy balance between large scale infrastructure development and the welfare of communities, their animals and environmental preservation.

Sharing of research findings, case studies and experiential session on the interaction of animal welfare, environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Panel sessions and plenary discussions to identify and develop intervention and resolutions on how to mitigate animal welfare and environmental challenges posed by the development process in Africa.

The deliberations at the Conference will attempt to respond to the following broad questions:

To what extent do SDGs and AU agenda embrace AW; and how can we align AW within these development strategies?
Question one
To what extent are animal keeping communities involved in promoting animal welfare and what more can they do to raise their participation in large scale development across Africa?
Question Two
What is the current status of infrastructure development in Africa and how does this interact with communities and animals? This discourse will interrogate whether infrastructure development which is rising across the continent is having an impact on animal populations, their breeding, their welfare and lifespan.
Question Three
How to implement sustainable ecosystem restoration and management to mitigate biodiversity losses as per the UNEA4 declaration.
Question Four
How to integrate and support innovations that promote sustainable and environmentally friendly production, waste management and conservation as per the UNEA4 declaration.
Question Five
The role of indigenous knowledge in sustainable models for restoration and conservation of marine biodiversity as highlighted in UNEA4.
Question Six

Expected Outputs


Enhanced interest for animal welfare across Africa demonstrated through involvement of government representatives, civil society and broad section of stakeholders in the Conference.


Conference report, conference resolutions and policy brief that will inform and guide governments and other development actors to consider Animal Welfare in the continent’s development strategy.


Statement recognizing the connection between Animal Welfare and development and how this will be applied in development policies across the continent.


A position paper highlighting specific SDGs and their relationship with different aspects of animal welfare and environmental conservation.


Listing of representation by different nationalities.

Expected Outcomes

Enhanced support for animal welfare across Africa demonstrated through involvement of government representatives, civil society and broad section of stakeholders in the AAW Conference, regional community forums, UN forums and intergovernmental meetings.

Increased sensitization on the contribution of animals and Animal Welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation in Africa to the attainment of SDGs 1,2,3,7,8,12,13,15 and 17.

Enhanced interest and involvement in Animal Welfare, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation by governments in Africa through policy development and implementation.

Involvement of AU-IBAR and OIE in standard setting and influencing policies formulation and implementation among member states.

The conference targets to bring together civil society groups involved in animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation, NGOs, government officials and government affiliated institutions, academics, researchers, media, policy makers, legal practitioners, community members, interest groups, development practitioners and relevant stakeholders.

The conference will provide an ambient space for 300 participants to deliberate on the issues of Animal Welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation amidst the development inter-play. The conference will thus be a congregation of multi-disciplinary interaction, expertise and interest in thematic areas cutting across Animal Welfare, environment and sustainable development.

Conference Organization
The conference planning is organized and coordinated by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) and partners, cohosted with the UN Environment and the Government of Ethiopia, supported by the Government of Kenya.

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Africa Animal Welfare Conference is an annual conference co-hosted by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in collaboration with UN Environment for professionals and practitioners, coming together to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation.

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