Africa Focus: High Level Ministerial Panel
This will be a high-level ministerial event discussing water’s centrality to development and poverty eradication. As highlighted during Rio+20 in June 2012, water is at the core of sustainable development because it is closely linked to a number of key global challenges. New demographic trends are changing world’s demand for water and sanitation. We are a global family of seven billion people and projected to reach over nine billion by 2050 with more than half living in towns and cities. All this coupled with pressure/stress for water from Climate Change and increase in industrial activities require a proper understanding of the mechanisms regulating the interdependences among water, food, energy and broader environment. Despite the case for investments and compelling evidence on its impact on economic growth and poverty eradication water and sanitation have suffered from lack of attention at various levels. The session will assess progress and exam possible political options to keep water and sanitation high on the political agenda globally and Africa in particular. The session will also reflect on how political leaders can champion and placed water at the heart of sustainable development and poverty eradication debate.