The government of the United Republic of Tanzania hosted the 2010 Africa Environment Day celebrations in Arusha. The day, themed ‘Africa Resilience to Climate Change: Protecting Biodiversity and Enhancing Traditional Knowledge’, was commemorated on 3 and 4 March 2010.
The event was attended by the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania Honourable Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office Honourable Dr. Batilda Salha Burian, the African Union Commissioner Madame Rhoda Peace Tumisiime, the World Meteorological Organisation Secretary General His Excellency Michael Jarraud, the UNEP Regional Office for Africa Executive Director His Excellency Goumandakoye Mounkaile and the head of the UNISDR Regional Office for Africa Dr. Pedro Basabe.
Other distinguished guests included the Regional Commissioner and Mayor of Arusha Municipality, UNDP Country Director, representatives from the AMCEN Secretariat, UNFCC, members of the diplomatic corps, members of parliament from Somalia, Rwanda and Senegal, Intergovernmental organizations and the private sector.
The Africa Environment Day focused on raising awareness on enhancing African resilience to climate change and climate variability.