Africa Water Week
The Africa Water Week (aww)
is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW)
in conjunction with the African Union Commission
and organized with other development partners. It represents a political commitment at the highest level with over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meeting to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources, and sanitation challenges. It is now held biennially in keeping with the decision of the AMCOW to institutionalize AWW in order to build momentum on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) water and sanitation targets by 2015, and the 2025 Africa Water Vision as well as crystallizing the way to go beyond 2015.
The 5th Africa Water Week (aww-5)
As underscored by the June 2012 Rio+20 outcome and subsequent major development fora, water is at the core of sustainable development because of its overarching link to the resolution of a number of key global challenges. Evidence based findings indicate that:
- Sustainable and equitable economic development and poverty reduction have water as a pre-requisite.
- Access to clean water and sanitation is prerequisite for healthy human living and has direct impact on the wellbeing and productivity of the population as well as sustaining freshwater ecosystems.
- Water is essential for ensuring food and energy security, which in turn can only be achieved if the cross sectoral inter linkages are taken into account.
- Water resources management is a key instrument for mitigating the anticipated impacts of Climate Change and Climate Variability.
Water’s centrality to development is therefore not debatable – a fact that has been proven throughout history. And yet, water’s social, economic and environmental value is often overlooked. The inclusion of access to water and basic sanitation as MDG targets within the Millennium Declaration in 2000 helped the world focus its attention, and overcome some of the most aggravating challenges. As related to water Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), several processes at regional and global levels are starting to converge towards a more holistic agenda for the post-2015, beyond Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), the focus of MDG 7c. Given current realities, prioritising water as a developmental goal in the post-2015 agenda becomes imperative.
will therefore place spot light on water and serve as a platform for improving understanding of why managing resources wisely is key to the development endeavours at various levels and why a more holistic water agenda beyond WASH (WASH-Plus) is crucial for the post-2015 development framework.
focusses on the Africa Water Vision 2025 of “An Africa where there is an equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for poverty alleviation, socio economic development, regional cooperation and environment” and the need to further advocate for a distinct water goal in the post 2015 development framework.
will utilize technical sessions and Sector / Stakeholder Forum in pursuit of achieving set objectives and actions.