African Ministers’ Council on Water Endorses Morocco’s Initiative ‘Water for Africa’
Abuja – The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) has endorsed the Moroccan initiative “Water for Africa”, which aims at strengthening African peoples’ resilience to climate change effects.
Speaking at a meeting of the Council’s executive committee held in Abuja, Secretary of State in charge of Water, Charafat Afailal, said that the “Water for Africa” initiative is meant to mobilize the international water and climate community for the implementation of a priority action plan to improve access to water in Africa.
Africa is the second driest continent in the world and a third of its inhabitants lack access to safe drinking water, she noted, adding that the continent suffers from the impact of climate change, a release by the State Secretariat in charge of water said.
Afailal also took part in the AMCOW’s 15th anniversary celebration, held under the theme “Towards Water Security and Safe Sanitation for Africa”.
The “Water for Africa” Initiative stems from the Ministerial Declaration known as “The Rabat Call to Action” launched during the International Conference on Water and Climate held from 11 to 12 July 2016 in Rabat. In order to implement the Rabat Call, the Kingdom of Morocco launched the Water for Africa (WfA) Initiative in partnership with the World Water Council, the AfDB and the WB at the 22nd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCC (COP 22) held in Marrakech.
The purpose of the “Water for Africa” initiative is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of African populations by strengthening, among others, their resilience to the effects of climate change.
The objective of the initiative is to highlight the impact of climate change on water resources of the African continent and promote climate justice through initiatives and programs to improve access to water and sanitation and assure food and energy security in Africa.
Established since 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, the AMCOW promotes cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply services.