Africa Water Week 2014 ended last weekend in Dakar, Senegal, with African governments and non state actors across the continent calling for a stand-alone water and sanitation goal in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Organised by the African Council for Ministers on Water (AMCOW), the concluding statement signed by its Chair, Nigeria’s Minister for Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe, called for a stand-alone water and sanitation goal focused on five areas: water, sanitation and hygiene; water resources management; water governance; wastewater and water quality management; and water and disaster risk management..
Also the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) and other civil society groups in attendance at the event advocated for a dedicated water and sanitation sustainable development goal.
Meanwhile, WaterAid Nigeria has commended participants in the African Water Week for calling for a dedicated goal on Water Security and Sanitation,.
Dr Michael Ojo, WaterAid Nigeria Country Representative in a statement said: “The Dakar Declaration is a significant accomplishment coming out of this 5th Africa Water Week and represents a clear message and realisation from African Ministers that we can only bring an end to Africa’s sanitation crisis through the establishment of a dedicated goal on water and sanitation. Given that seven in ten Africans lack access to basic sanitation, placing sanitation alongside water in the sustainable development goals is vital to achieving a vision of an economically productive, healthier, and happier continent and puts us on the right track to achieving universal access to water and sanitation.”
The 5th Africa Water Week conference was convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), under the theme “Placing Water at the heart of the post-2015 Development Agenda”.