The Africa Water Week (aww) is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners. It represents a political commitment at the highest level with over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meeting to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources, and sanitation challenges. It is now held biennially in keeping with the decision of the AMCOW to institutionalize AWW in order to build momentum on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water security and sanitation by 2030, and the 2025 Africa Water Vision as well as crystalizing the way to actualizing Africa’s Agenda 2063.
The 8th Africa Water Week (AWW8) and the 6th AfricaSan are being jointly organized this year as a virtual conference. Joined together as the Africa Water and Sanitation Week (AWSW), the conference is convened by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners.
The AWSW will be convened under unprecedented circumstances that the continent has never experienced before. From the beginning of the year 2020, the world including Africa has been hit by a public health emergency: the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across Africa and all over the world, and hence introducing a new dynamic in the challenges faced by the sector.
The unpredictability of public health pandemics and the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in response and mitigation efforts introduces a completely new complexity to the sector. The COVID-19 pandemic affects the sector both directly and indirectly. The direct effect involves prevention and mitigation efforts where water is used directly for personal hygiene and the aspect of behaviour change towards the adoption of safe hygiene practices like handwashing and other personal hygiene practices. This therefore means that in times like this, there is excessive pressure on water resources and infrastructure for provision of clean water for hygiene and personal use.
The theme “Water Security for Public Health and Human Development” aptly captures the aspirations of the Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want” where, the continent puts water as critical to a good quality of life, sound health and well-being and critical to the achievement of the Aspiration 1: “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”.
The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the management of water resources and provision of water supply services. AMCOW’s mission is to provide political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems.
AMCOW, also a Specialized Technical Committee for Water and Sanitation in the African Union has been mandated by the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government special session on water and sanitation convened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in June 2008 to develop an implementation strategy and reporting mechanism for the Sharm el-Sheikh commitments on water and sanitation. AMCOW has over the years continued to restate the importance of ‘Water for Growth and Development’ as the overarching and driving framework for the attainment of Africa’s aspirations for poverty reduction; sustainable socio-economic development; as well as equitable and all-inclusive growth.
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