Africa Focus: High Level Ministerial Panel

Tuesday 25 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

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.

Programme

Event description: The main objective of the event is to allow political leaders assess progress and lessons to date as well as recommendations on how to maintain momentum and keep the profile of water in the suitable development and poverty eradication agenda. it will examine water policy options and responses at local, national and international level and how these options might be deployed to within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.16:30 Opening Statement Hon. Amadou Mansour Faye, Minister for Hydraulic & Sanitation, Senegal / AMCOW President16:35 Catalysing Investments in Water Security towards Africa’s Development Alex Simalabwi, GWP 16:50 High Level Ministerial Discussion Moderator: Bai Mass Taal Interventions by participating AMCOW Ministers 17:40 Q&A (Interactive with audience)17.55 Closing statement by Hon. Amadou Mansour Faye, Minister for Hydraulic & Sanitation, Senegal / AMCOW President