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1 Ministry of Water and Irrigation 6 TH AFRICA WATER WEEK AND 10 TH AMCOW GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA FROM 18 TH - 22 ND JULY, Background The water and sanitation community in Africa under the leadership of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) working with African Union Commission s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (AUC-DREA) and Member States have played a significant role in the global advocacy for a distinct Water Security and Sanitation goal. This was based on the firm belief of ensuring secure, productive and sustainable water for all purposes, as well as sanitation and hygiene interventions. The integrated delivery of the two is a prerequisite for sustainable socio-economic development and the achievement of good health outcomes at various levels. The period from the 2008 Sharm el-sheikh Commitments to date has seen water security and sanitation issues brought from the peripheral to the center stage of Africa s development agenda. During the same period, the international community applied concerted efforts in the design of the post-2015 development agenda leading to the adoption of 1

2 a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The AMCOW Secretariat in collaboration with Ministry of Water and Irrigation will be holding the 6 th Africa Water Week (AWW) and 10 th General Assembly in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the theme Achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation. The choice of the theme is driven by the recognition of the importance of laying the building blocks for Africa to achieve the SDG 6 as well as other inter-linking SDGs connected with water resources management and improved sanitation service delivery. It also represents the quest in the continent to place emphasis on matching commitments and plans with concrete actions with impact on the ground. It highlights Africa s undaunted focus to achieving the Agenda 2063, the continent s global strategy to optimize use of Africa s resources for the overall benefit of all. The event will be organized under four sub themes: Achieving Universal and Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation for All. Ensuring Water security and Climate Resilience. Strengthening Productive Wastewater Management and Improved Water Quality. Improving Policy, Financing and Monitoring th AMCOW General Assembly The 10 th General Assembly of AMCOW is the governance meeting that will involve all Ministers of Water in Africa. Through this meeting decisions are made as well as adoption of Dar es Salaam declaration. Traditionally this meeting will be preceded by the Africa Water Week 2

3 event whose inputs will inform and influence the decision making at the Ministerial level. 3. Aim and Objectives of Africa Water Week The Africa Water Week series began in Tunis, Tunisia in Since then, the conference has been held in Midrand, South Africa in 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2010, Cairo, Egypt in 2012 and Dakar, Senegal in 2014 and this year will be in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The main goal of the Africa Water Week is to reaffirm a political commitment at the highest level for creating platform to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa s water and sanitation challenges. The event which attracts over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, NGOs, youth and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa is held biennially. This is in keeping with the decision of the AMCOW Governing Council to institutionalize AWW as a way of building momentum on achieving the Africa Water Vision This equally represents AMCOW s belief that effective and efficient management of water resources leads to the provision of adequate and equitable access to safe water and sanitation as well as makes a critical contribution to Africa s progress towards sustainable growth and development. 4. Venue The 6th Africa Water Week and 10th AMCOW General Assembly will be held from 18th to 22nd July, 2016 at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre - Dar es Salaam an occasion that will be officiated 3

4 and graced by H. E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania 5. Participants The 6 th African Water Week is expecting more than 1000 participants, drawn from up to 54 African countries (Ministers and high-level decision makers )from the water, environment, health and education sectors, government officials, sector specialists, NGOs, Youth and civil society organizations including key and influential representatives of the health and education sectors), international agencies and delegates from the public or private sectors, external support agencies, academia and the media. 6. Preparation Arrangements The Africa Water Week is held biennially in keeping with the decision of the African Ministers Council on Water to institutionalize the Africa Water Week (AWW) as a vehicle for building momentum on achieving the 2025 Africa Water Vision, the 2014 Dakar Declaration on Water Security and Sanitation, the N Gor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - water and sanitation Goal no 6. At the 9th AMCOW General Assembly held in Dakar, Senegal, the Government of Tanzania represented by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation was nominated to host the 6th Africa Water Week and the 10th Ordinary Session of African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) known as the General Assembly; in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 4

5 It is from this background that on 25 th April, 2016 Ministry of Water and Irrigation on behalf of the government of the United Republic of Tanzania signed MoU with AMCOW Secretariat for the hosting of the 6th Africa Water Week and the General Assembly (AMCOW 10th Ordinary Session) from 18 th - 22 nd July, 2016 in Tanzania. The objective of the MoU is to detail the obligatory requirements expected of the host country (Tanzania) and the obligations of the African Ministers Council on Water aimed to make successful preparations for the events. 7. Expected outcomes of the Africa Water Week: The main outcome of the 6th Africa Water Week will be a roadmap for developing a comprehensive plan of action for Africa aimed at immediate translation of the high-level commitments including N gor Declaration on Water Security and Sanitation into implementation at country, sub-regional and continental levels. This is expected to lead to development of appropriate policies, high quality actions matched with strong motivation to implement them, and increased investment at various levels. The programmes implemented from these plans will contribute to poverty alleviation, health improvements, social development and economic growth in Africa. It will promote improved awareness among policy makers, media, youth, private sector and practitioners on the need to increase investments in water resources management and development in order to improve water security and climate resilience. 5

6 8. Conclusion In conclusion The Ministry of Water and Irrigation would like to take this opportunity to assure AMCOW Secretariat and international community of our readiness to work together with AMCOW to make the two events a success. All water sector stakeholders and development partners at national level including the media are invited to come forward to support and participate at the 6 th Africa Water Week. 6

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