Past Africa Animal Welfare Conferences (AAWC)

Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) works with communities, governments and partners in promoting humane treatment of all animals, through adoption, and implementing the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Animal Welfare Standards, Five Freedoms for Animals and the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA).

In pursuance to this, ANAW has been convening conferences and workshops to discuss how animal welfare connects to various sectors. One area that has not been given the due consideration and interventions is how animals affect the environment or how the environment affects animals.

1st Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) - Action 2017

Dates: 2‐3 October 2017

Conference Venue: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters Nairobi – Kenya.

Conference Theme: The nexus between animal welfare, environment, and development: safeguarding our common destiny

ANAW under the advocacy, policy and legislation programme and in collaboration with, Government of Kenya, and the UN Environment convened the Africa Animal Welfare Conference - Action 2017 at the United Nations Nairobi, Kenya whose theme was “the nexus between animal welfare, environment, and development: safeguarding our common destiny”. The Conference focused on the environment, more particularly pollution, and how a pollution free planet supports animal welfare.

Policy Brief (Policy Brief ANAW / AAWC / 01 / 2017)

The policy brief highlights some of the recommendations of the conference which the participants expected that they will be addressed by governments, regional economic communities, development partners and the UN Environment by way of policy and legislation development and review and where this exists, enhance enforcement.

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Conferene Report - AAWC 2017

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2nd Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) - Action 2018

Dates: 3-5 September 2018

Conference Venue: United Nations Complex, Nairobi, Kenya

Conference Theme: People, Animals & the Planet; One Health One Welfare

Conference Resolutions

  1. Increase engagement with the United Nations and its members to promote the relevance of Animal Welfare to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals;
  2. Encourage liaison with different stakeholders in the sensitization of animal welfare and developing a critical mass of sensitized public who can champion animal welfare;
  3. Work towards the formulation, enactment and review of policy to develop current standards of animal welfare, taking into account legislation in the field of animal welfare and the environment;
  4. Involve youth in developing a model blue print of environmental and animal welfare sustainability;
  5. Appeal to government and non-governmental organizations to integrate policy on the environment, animals and people in a holistic approach as opposed to sectorial approach;
  6. Integrate sustainable consumption and production in animal welfare and the environment;
  7. Stress the need for measurable ways of assessing impact and tracing progress in animal welfare and the environment;
  8. Agree to participate in crafting animal laws in Africa;
  9. Support the development of strategic frameworks for animal welfare in Africa;
  10. Pursue engagements with humanitarian agencies to improve the welfare of animals, especially animals in disaster situations;
  11. Encourage partnerships with accredited legal institutions to incorporate animal law into legal curriculums;
  12. Capacity building animal welfare, wildlife and environmental civil society organizations in Africa on governance and advocacy matters.

Conference Report

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3rd Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) - Action 2019

Dates: September 2-4, 2019

Conference Venue: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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

Conference Report
Policy Brief
Conference Executive Summary and Resolutions
Presentations

4th Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) - Action 2020

Dates: September 7th - 10th September 2020

Conference Venue: Virtual Conference

Conference Theme: Animal Welfare, Wildlife And Environmental Conservation For Sustainable Development In Africa: Enhancing Nature-Based Solutions

Conference Report
Policy Brief
Conference Resolutions
Presentations

5th Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) - Action 2021

Dates: 1-3 November 2021

Conference Venue: Acrra International Conference Cenre, Accra, Ghana

Conference Theme: One Health, One Welfare - For a Better and Greener Tomorrow

Conference Resolutions

The conference delegates resolved:

  1. To mitigate against the risk of pandemics and public health concerns, the African Union (AU) should develop policies to gradually phase out factory farming in Africa.
  2. To urge African governments to develop policies that enhance the One Health, One Welfare approach while interacting with animals to mitigate against the risk of zoonotic diseases and pandemics.
  3. To enhance food security and safety in animal production, governments should develop and promote the compliance of a code of practice to safeguard animal welfare.
  4. To call upon animal welfare NGOs in liaison with AU-IBAR to generate a report on the status of wildlife trade in Africa, pronouncing the economic, environmental, public health and social impact and to develop policies and a code of practice in wildlife use and trade in Africa.
  5. To urge African governments in collaboration with AU to develop policies that promote agro-ecology, especially farming approaches that use ecologically fit animal and crop varieties as a mitigation against climate change.
  6. To call upon governments and academic institutions to promote research and curriculum development that enhances One Health, One Welfare in the African continent.
  7. To call upon civil society organizations to work with communities and governments in promoting One Health, One Welfare within the continent to enhance animal welfare and environmental protection.
  8. To encourage governments and civil society organizations in Africa to sustain discussions and advocacy strategies at regional and continental platforms, to curtail the slaughter of donkeys and trade in their skins.

Conference Report

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AAW Conference

Africa Animal Welfare Conference is an annual conference co-hosted by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) for professionals and practitioners, coming together to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation.

Office Locations

Riverine Nature Reserve,

Number 137,

Milima Road, Hardy-Karen,

Nairobi, Kenya.