AMCOW Executive Committee Ministers Meet… Affirm the Need for Distinct Water and Sanitation Post 2015 Goal PDF Print E-mail
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AMCOW Executive Committee Ministers Meet… Affirm the Need for Distinct Water and Sanitation Post 2015 Goal
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June 6th 2013 - The AMCOW Executive Committee Ministers rose from its 11th Executive session Thursday June 6th 2013 endorsing the call to accord water and sanitation a distinct goal in the post 2015 global development agenda. The Ministers said that they took the decision in consideration of the potentials of water resources management and development in unleashing the continent’s development capacity.

The AMCOW Ministers expressed commitment to a target date of 2030 for:

i. achieving universal access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene in Africa;

ii. increasing to 40% of harvest potential, the productive use of Africa’s water resources under managed conditions; and

iii. assuring and safeguarding water quality for all uses

Addressing the opening plenary, AMCOW President / Minister for Water Reources & Irrigation, Egypt, Dr Mohamed Bahaa El Din Saad, had pointed to the challenge the continent faces in deploying water supply infrastructure and services to meet growing demands for safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. “Perhaps even the greater challenge is how to achieve an effective management of our water resources in such ways that it plays the strategic role of growing our economies and making it possible then for us to meet the demands for safe drinking water and sanitation as is obtainable amongst developed economies.” Dr Saad said.

The meeting featured presentations by Nigeria’s Minister for Water Resources and AMCOW Vice President (West Africa), Hon. Sarah Ochekpe on Nigerian Presidential Water Summit: a Model for Raising the Profile of Water at Country Levels, and the South Africa’s Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs and immediate past AMCOW President, Hon Edna Molewa on “Partnership for Sustainable Water Resources Management, the South Africa Model”. Ministers urged member countries to consider adopting these models and other best practice measures to raise the profile of water and scale up sustainable funding for the sector at country levels.


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