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Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water

Regional Implementation Meeting in Preparation for CSD-12

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 8 - 12 December 2003

Highlights for Wednesday, 10 December 2003

Delegates met in morning and afternoon multi-stakeholder sessions to discuss, inter alia: achieving MDGs and WSSD targets; the Africa-EU Water Partnership; and the World Water Forums. A special session on African inputs to the 12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12) also met in a parallel session. Delegates met in Plenary to summarize recommendations from the thematic sessions for Ministerial consideration.

Francis Babu, Uganda Housing Minister, chaired the session on the review of African regional implementation for CSD-12.


Recalling that CSD-12 will address water, sanitation and human settlements, Josue Dione, UNECA, said the PANAFCON report should be in line with the WSSD targets on these themes.

Noting that Africa has the fastest urbanization rate in the world, Alioune Badiane, UN-HABITAT, said greater attention should be given to the evaluation of Africa’s development agenda, especially providing access for all to decent accommodation.

Sekou Toure, UNEP Regional Office for Africa, noted progress made in mobilizing political will and involving civic society in Africa on issues of water, sanitation and human settlements, and recalled the shortcomings faced by the region.

Panelists on the CSD-12 session.

John Tibasima, delegate of the Republic of Congo.
Delegates from Senegal attending the session.
Achieving MDGS and WSSD targets |  

Session Chair Robert Munro, Exxcel Africa, stressed the need to close the gap between rhetoric and practice in achieving the targets.

Albert Wright, African Water Task Force, presented on Africa and the MDGs for water and sanitation, noting the Task Force’s role in identifying strategies to achieve the MDGs.


Gordon J. Young (left), World Water Assessment Programme and Atoumane Dieye (right), SRDC-WA, attending session on Achieving MDGs and WSSD Targets.

Plenary |  

William Cosgrove chaired a Plenary that summarized the thematic session’s recommendations for Ministerial consideration.

Stephen M. Donkor (left), Conference Secretariat and Halifa Omar Drammen (right), PANAFCON Steering Committee Chair.

Miscellaneous Photos |

Kenyan women in traditional dresses attending the Conference


Getting ready for the Ministerial segment.


Links |

UN Division for Sustainable Development Regional Implementation Meetings: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm.
CSD-12: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/csd12.htm.
ENB summary of the Regional Implementation Meeting for Asia and the Pacific in Preparation for CSD-12 (html, pdf, text).
ENB summary of the Regional Implementation Meeting for West Asia in Preparation for CSD-12 (html, pdf, text).
ENB summary of CSD-11 (html, pdf, text).
ENB coverage of WSSD: http://enb.iisd.org/2002/wssd.
ENB coverage of previous CSD sessions: http://enb.iisd.org/process/sustdevt.htm.
Linkage's Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002: http://enb.iisd.org/wssd/portal.html.

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