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.

Click Here to Read/Download the First AAWC, 2017 Policy Brief

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

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

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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6th Africa Animal Welfare Conference (AAWC) - Action 2022

Dates: 31 October - 2 November 2022

Conference Venue: Travelodge Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana

Conference Theme: Animals, People and the Environment in a rapidly changing 21st Century

Conference Report - Click here to read/download the 2022 conference report

Conference Presentations

  1. Cage-Free Corporate Campaigning in Africa: Progress and Developments till Date :- by Ms. Aurelia Adhiambo, Africa Coordinator, Open Wing Alliance => View / Download
  2. Livestock Emotions, Vocalisations and Positive Welfare :- by Dr. Alan McElligott, City University of Hong Kong => View / Download
  3. Livestock Pounds in South Africa:- by Bryce Marock, Veterinary Consultant NSPCA . => View / Download
  4. The Role of National Museums in Promoting Animal Welfare :- by Esther N. Kioko (PhD) Principal research scientist and Head, Zoology Department, National Museums . => View / Download
  5. Building Human Capacity in Research Animal Sciences, Welfare and Ethics Across Africa:PAN-African Network for Laboratory Animal Science and Ethics (PAN-LASE):- by HRH Dr Josiah Kantiyok, MNIM, FICSP, FCVSN, fnimn. Chief of Zikpak (Fantswam) Chiefdom/Executive Director, JOHAN VET NETWORK => View / Download
  6. Agro-pastoralists’ willingness to pay for Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia vaccine in Kenya:- by Dr Purity Nguhiu, Kenyatta University and Dr Martin Mwirigi, Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)., => View / Download
  7. Animal Welfare in Development Cooperation Guidelines with Feedback incorporated:- by Dr Paul Ssuna, Welttierschutzstiftung (WTS) . => View / Download
  8. Keynote Speech:- by Mr Thabang L. Botshoma, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Support Services Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Botswana => View / Download
  9. ANIMAL WELFARE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE:- by Philip Lymbery, Global Chief Executive Compassion in World Farming International . => View / Download
  10. Welfare Assessment of Working Donkeys: The Case of Wadi Salih District, Central Darfur State, Sudan:- by Abdelkareem Abdallah, Department of Veterinary Science, Faculty of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gaborone, Botswana . => View / Download
  11. Animal Malnutrition as a welfare issue in Botswana:- by Prof. Othusitse Madibela, Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Animal & Veterinary Sciences Botswana University of Agriculture & Natural Resources. . => View / Download
  12. ONE WELFARE - A Framework to improve Animal Welfare and Human Wellbeing:- by Rebeca García Pinillos, One Welfare . => View / Download
  13. Common Cause for Our Earthly Home - Religions as Allies for Animals and the Environment:- by Wolf Gordon Clifton, Executive Director, Animal People . => View / Download
  14. UNEPIntroduction to UNEP :- by Dr Abdelkader Bensada, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ecosystem Division => View / Download
  15. The United Nations Environment Assembly / UNEA :- by Alexander Juras, Chief Civil Society Unit UNEP => View / Download
  16. Africa Major Groups’ Follow-up of UNEA 5 and Preparations for UNEA 6:- by David N. Munene, Regional Facilitator, Africa MGS to the UNEP . => View / Download
  17. Major Groups and Stakeholders Engagement at UNEP:- by Isaiah Otieno, Civil Society Unit- Governance Affairs Office- UNEP . => View / Download
  18. The Camel’s Nose is already Inside the Tent: Animal Welfare & Sustainable Development :- by Andrew N Rowan, D.Phil., WellBeing International, Potomac, USA . => View / Download
  19. ANIMAL WELFARE, A ZIMBABWEAN PERSPECTIVE:- by Dr Lawrance Dinginya, Animal Welfare Focal Point, Zimbabwe => View / Download
  20. The inter-connection of Development activities, Animal Welfare and environment:- by Dr Letlhogile Modisa, Chief of Party and Dr. Pearl Mokoka-Nawa, DVS. , => View / Download
  21. Impact of Livestock Production on Climate Change and Pandemics:- by Dr. Patrick Muinde – Research Manager, World Animal Protection . => View / Download
  22. Factory farming and Climate Change:- by Dr. Victor YAMO, Farming Campaigns Manager, World Animal Protection => View / Download
  24. 6th AAWC - Action 2022: Day Three (2 November 2022) Presentations
  25. COMPELLING CASE FOR ANIMAL WELFARE IN AFRICA:- by Dr. Kikiope Oluwarore (DVM, MSc) => View / Download
  27. Opening Remarks :- by Dr. Nick Nwankpa, Director of AU-IBAR . => View / Download
  28. Opening Remarks:- by CVO Botswana, at the 2022 AU-IBAR session, Gaborone, Nov 2, 2022 . => View / Download
  29. The Socio-economic balance sheet of Animal Welfare [ Benefits versus Losses from Animal Welfare Practices ] :- by Andrew N Rowan, D.Phil., WellBeing International, Potomac, USA . => View / Download

Conference Resolutions

  1. Urge the African Union Member States through AU-IBAR to adopt and implement animal welfare policies and legislation to address welfare concerns of farm and working animals at national, regional and continental level.
  2. Table a resolution at UNEA that recognizes animal sentience as an important consideration to be taken into account when developing policies on environment, sustainable development, regenerative production and sustainable consumption.
  3. Urge the AUC to work with academic and research institutions and other organizations to champion and to enhance One Health research in Africa and to establish and promote ethical standards in animal welfare research.
  4. Urge AU Member States through AU-IBAR to promote the inclusion of women and youth in the animal resource industry.
  5. Request AU Member States through AU-IBAR and development partners to adopt Guidelines for Incorporation of Animal Welfare in Development Cooperation Projects..
  6. Appeal to Civil Society Organizations in Africa to engage with and seek accreditation with UNEP for enhanced cooperation, information sharing and actions towards promoting animal welfare, environment and sustainable development.
  7. Urge Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Africa governments to promote evidence-based approach interventions through research, capacity building, education and awareness on animal welfare in Africa.
  8. Call on governments, humanitarian agencies and animal welfare organizations to work together to establish and promote partnerships to address animals in disaster situations.
  9. Request AU-IBAR to work with African Union Member States to urgently invest in the development of policies, legislation and programs for implementation of Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA).

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), 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.

Office Locations

Riverine Nature Reserve,

Number 137,

Milima Road, Hardy-Karen,

Nairobi, Kenya.