ARMF2018 Outcomes: New constitution and governing council endorsed and adopted, ARCOS Network to host the Secretariat of Africa Regional Mountains Forum

From 12th to 14th September 2018, the second Africa Regional Mountains Forum ( #ARMF_2018) convened more than 120 participants from 30 countries of Africa (including mountain communities representatives) and other Sustainable Mountain Development partners from around the globe in Kigali, Rwanda. The goal of the #ARMF_2018 was to advance the African mountain agenda in the context of overall sustainable development context for Africa and to provide an opportunity for Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) stakeholders in Africa to strengthen the ARMF through the establishment of its governance mechanisms. The key outcome of the ARMF 2018 was the “Kigali Outcomes” and the election and endorsement of the new governing council as well as new ARMF constitution.

In “Kigali outcomes” document, the ARMF members endorsed and adopted the new constitution of ARMF and established its secretariat at the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Uganda. 

This is a big task, but we have been doing this and will keep the momentum to advance Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda in Africa. We welcome new Chair and Vice-Chair of the new Governing Council of ARMF and guarantee our support and collaboration. Mountains has been at the core programme of ARCOS Network since the beginning and we are very pleased to be re-elected to host the secretariat of ARMF”, Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, ARCOS Network.

The Kigali Outcomes summed up the following points among others:

  • Members of ARMF welcomed the willingness of the Ministry of Environment of Rwanda to champion the development of national mountain-specific policies and other instruments that will help Rwanda become a leader in promoting SMD for Africa;
  • Recognized some African countries that have developed SMD policies and strategies and encourage other African governments to develop relevant legal instruments for sustainable mountain development;
  • Appreciated the initiative of the East-Africa Community to develop and pursue a sub-regional mountain agenda and call upon other sub-regions to develop similar agendas;
  • Called all governments of African mountain countries and other stakeholders to join the Mountain Partnership as an effective way to raise voice on mountain-specific development matters in the international policy making arenas;
  • Requested African governments to take advantage of the Green Climate Fund, GEF, and other financial mechanisms to requests projects focusing on promoting SMD; and to ensure that mountain language is included in the “Voluntary National Reviews” for the High-Level Political Forum;
  • Recommended innovative solutions for SMD that are being piloted by different stakeholders and proposed the development of a guide to capture all of these methods and approaches for community development in African mountain areas;
  • Welcomed the first ARMF Governing Council elected by ARMF Members during the 2nd ARMF and new leadership of elected Chair and Vice-Chair 
  • Appreciated both technical and financial support from co-organizers of this 2nd Africa Regional Mountain Forum namely: the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS), the East African Community (EAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN-E), the Mountain Partnership (MP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Kingdom of the Netherlands through its Water for Growth Rwanda (W4GR) programme, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC;

Note that the Africa Regional Mountains Forum (ARMF) was established in 2014 and endorsed by the Africa Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) as a Platform for Knowledge, Information Exchange and Policy Dialogue on Mountain Agenda for Africa.

Read more in the Kigali Outcomes Fact sheet here English, French

Related links:

Rwanda Pledges to support sustainable mountain development as Africa Regional Mountains Forum opens in Kigali

Rwanda called upon to join the Mountain Partnership to spur Sustainable Mountain Development