AMCOW Elected to World Water Council Board of Governors PDF Print E-mail

Delegates to the World Water Council 7th General Assembly and Caucuses Meeting which ended recently in Marseille, France have elected the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) to its Board of Governors. AMCOW Executive Secretary, Bai Mass Taal joins the 35 member Board as a Governor for the period 2016 – 2018 while the Ag. Programme Coordinator / Head of Communications, Oseloka Zikora would serve as Alternate Governor under the College 1 Intergovernmental Organizations platform.

African Development Bank was also elected in that college, while Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Co joins the board in College 3 representing Enterprises and Facilities. Another African elected as Governor is Mamadou Dia representing Aquafed - The International Federation of Private Water Operators which brings to four the number of Africans elected into the Board.

Reacting to the election of AMCOW, AMCOW Executive Secretary noted that it was well deserved reward for AMCOW for leading the regional process for Africa region since the 5th World Water Forum. “AMCOW was chosen by the World Water Council to coordinate the Regional Process for the 6th and 7th World Water Forums in recognition of AMCOW's successful coordination of water events within the continent. Furthermore AMCOW was part of the Political and Technical coordination process. AMCOW’s coordination of the World Water forums process in Africa using a bottom-up process involving multiple stakeholders at different levels (governments, private sector, industry, IGOs, NGOs and academic groups) remains a model for true representative engagement giving voice to diversities and synergies.”

For details of organizations elected into the World Water Council Board of Governors for 2016 – 2018, click on the link.

AMCOW Welcomes SDG on Water and Sanitation PDF Print E-mail

The Africa Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) welcomes the good news of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals SDGs and in particular Goal 6 solely dedicated to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. World leaders meeting at the on going United Nations General Assembly Friday afternoon approved seventeen SDGs to replace the Millennium Development Goals which expire December 2015.

Congratulating the water and sanitation sector community in celebrating the inclusion of a dedicated water security and sanitation goal, AMCOW President and Minister for Hydraulic and Sanitation, Senegal, Hon. Amadou Mansour Faye said that the centrality of sustainable management of water and sanitation in ending global poverty and sustainable development is not up for further debate. “AMCOW played a significant role in the global advocacy for a distinct Water Security and Sanitation goal based on our firm belief that this is primarily essential for ensuring secure, productive and sustainable water for all purposes, and sanitation and hygiene interventions, and that the integrated delivery of the two are a prerequisite for sustainable socio-economic development and the achievement of good health outcomes. The benefits extend well beyond the water and sanitation domain to ensuring increased agriculture and food production, energy security, and better education for our teeming populations”. Hon. Faye added.



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