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Monday, 02 June 2014

African water week opens in Senegal

The fifth African water week opened Monday in Dakar, gathering delegations from several African and European countries and international non-governmental organizations operating in the domain of water and sanitation.
During the meeting, participants will discuss the current situation and make recommendations for a better access to water and sanitation within the framework of the UN post-2015 development programme.
“This is the opportunity to discuss our performances, evaluate them, point out the difficulties met in the implementation of public policies to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draw lessons for better results in the implementation of the post-2015 agenda”, said the Senegalese Prime minister.
"The hydro-climate perspectives confirm the return of abundant rain by 2035. They should be included in the investment forecasts towards the control of extreme consequences, particularly floods, but also to improve significantly agricultural production, one of the driving forces behind our growth,' Mrs Touré added.
The other speakers stressed the difficult access to water. They insisted on the need to ensure better management of the continent’s water resources and to take measures to reduce climate change effects on water resources.
“We have to make all arrangements so that access to water is not the key problem in our sustainable development policies,' said the Nigerian minister of Water resources and acting chair of the African ministers Council of Water (AMCOW), Mrs Sarah Reng Ochekpe.
Official estimations consider that in Sub-Saharan African Africa, more than 600 million people do not have access to potable water and sanitation.

Source: AfriqueJet