Ensure a water secure world for all African vision for post- MDG goal on waterAt the final African consultation on water I attended in Tunis for the post- Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) development framework, the overriding outcome was the development of a framework for a distinct goal on water.
The meeting, which took place on 1 March in Tunis, was a multi-stakeholder forum which included government, NGOs, CSOs and youth and closely followed a thematic consultation on water in Geneva which Mary O’Connell attended on behalf of FAN Global.
We heard that there was mention of making water a distinct goal in Geneva and we felt that Africa, which includes three representatives on the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, has a strong role to play and should lead the way by developing a proposed framework that could be developed in follow up discussions.
The agreed goal was ‘Ensure a water secure world for all’ which aimed to integrate cross sector water issues beyond WASH. The cross sector nature of the goal is important for water to gain the prominence it needs within other sectors if we truly want to ensure sustainable development. We really need a clear goal that is marketable to other sectors. There are so many areas in which water can play a central role including as energy (through hydroelectric power), agriculture (irrigation) and health. I’m not sure if the proposed wording captures all of the important issues. I feel the Africa Water Vision 2025 might be more comprehensive: An Africa where there is an equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for poverty alleviation, socio- economic development, regional cooperation and environment. However, I’m still glad we managed to get it at the forefront of the African meeting and think the proposed framework can rally support and put pressure on decision makers to put water on the agenda.
The issue of water in still in the balance – we CSOs need to mobilize ourselves and put pressure on the experts.
Download the meeting outcome document (PDF 488Kb)
Baker Yiga, Executive Secretary of ANEW, the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)
Updated on 7 May 2013