The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Government of Namibia will convene a virtual joint 8th Africa Water Week (AWW-8) and 6th AfricaSan Conference from November 22-26, 2021.
The Africa Water and Sanitation Week will provide a platform for dialogue and sharing of knowledge on advancing the water and sanitation agenda in Africa.
Speaking at a virtual press briefing, the Executive Secretary of AMCOW, Dr Rashid Mbaziira said the conference will provide an opportunity to meet the water and sanitation targets of the Sustainable development goals.
According to him, there is need to achieve universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.
“We will continue to play our role towards advocating for regional integration through water cooperation and diplomacy.This will enable us to meet the sustainable development goals (SDG)”
The conference which is based on five subthemes; Inclusive Policy and Strategy for Accelerating Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement in Africa, securing innovative financing for sanitation and hygiene in financially challenging times.
“Bridging the human resource gap for sanitation and hygiene in Africa, Faecal Sludge Management, Green Economy and Climate Change, and Improving Hygiene in Africa: Building on the Momentum of COVID Era Hand Hygiene.
The Communications Manager and Visibility Manager, Mrs Maimuna Tall Ndiaye in a statement further added that participants will also agree on action plans to further the pursuit of the water and sanitation related targets of the SDGs.
“The Africa Water and Sanitation Week follows in the tradition of 7 previous editions of the Africa Water Week, and 5 AfricaSan Conferences. It will be hosted, albeit virtually, by the Republic of Namibia for and on behalf of the Southern Africa region of the African Union.”
“The Africa Water and Sanitation Week has two specific objectives, namely:
to ensure water security in Africa by 2030, and to accelerate action to end open defaecation.
knowledge sharing and information dissemination during the conference will be organised along two themes and nine sub-themes as follows:
Water Security for Public Health and Human Development with the following sub-themes:
Transboundary water management for cooperation and shared development
Enhancing water security through sustainable management of groundwater resources.”
“Building Africa’s resilience to climate change and related disasters, and
Addressing water and sanitation sector enablers and drivers: policy, capacity development, knowledge management, financing among others”
The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) is an intergovernmental institution of the African Union. AMCOW’s organs and structures serve as the Working Group on Water and Sanitation of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE) of the African Union.