|Tunis Post 2015 Water Consultation Calls for a Water Secured World for All|
A total of 74 representatives of governments in Africa, Regional Economic Communities / River and Lakes Basin Organisations, Intergovernmental Organisations, development and financing partners, Civil Society Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations including youth and women organisations from Africa and beyond met in Tunis March 1st 2013 with a call for a distinct water goal in the post-2015 global development agenda. The goal they proposed “Ensure a water secure world for all” was aimed to reemphasise the need for the world to work toward guaranteeing water security for life and socio economic development taking into consideration such issues as universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation, water for food, energy, and green growth.
The Africa wide water consultation which also agreed targets for the subsectors of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Water Resources Management; and Wastewater and Water Quality Management was presided over by the Minister of Water Resources, Libya and AMCOW Vice President, (North Africa), Engr Alhadi Henshir, representing the AMCOW President and the African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, HE Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. Also in attendance were the Minister of Water Resources, Nigeria and AMCOW Vice President (West Africa), Hon Sarah Reng Ochekpe and Liberia’s Deputy Minister for Rural Development, Hon Christian Herbert who gave a goodwill message from H E President Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, Africa’s Goodwill Ambassador for Water and Sanitation and Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Framework.
Participants highlighted the pivotal role of water resources management and development to the advent of the green economy in Africa and emphasised the need for urgent attention from all stakeholders to address the unfinished business of the water and sanitation MDGs targets