[NAIROBI] The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has restated its support for Africa's adoption of a distinct water goal in the post 2015 development agenda.
In a press release on the occasion of the World Water Day, AMCOW said that access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene; for food and energy security; and for peace and cooperation in trans-boundary and coastal waters management was an imperative for Africa.
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Speaking on the Africa position at a High Level Forum hosted by the Government of Netherlands to mark the global celebration of the World Water Day, AMCOW Executive Secretary, Bai Mass Taal, stressed the need to guarantee water security for universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene; for food and energy security; and for peace and cooperation in trans boundary and coastal waters management.
An Africa Wide Stakeholders Forum on Water on the Post 2015 development agenda which met in Tunis on March 1st 2015 proposed the adoption of Water Secure World for All by 2030.
The proposal was endorsed at the African Union led Africa Post 2015 Dialogue that was convened in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) from March 11 – 12 2013 in Tunis.
The participants at the African wide stakeholders’ forum on water gave some reasons why the agenda should prioritize water to include:
- Access to clean water and sanitation is prerequisite for healthy human living and has direct impact on the well-being and productivity of the population as well as sustaining freshwater ecosystems.
- Sustainable and equitable economic development and poverty reduction have water as a pre-requisite.
- Water and sanitation are human rights and increasingly widely recognised as such.
- Water is essential for ensuring food and energy security, which in turn can only be achieved if the cross sectorial inter linkages are taken into account.
- Water resources management is a key instrument for mitigating the impacts of the currently Climate Change and Variability.