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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 Monday, 8 December 2003

The Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water (PANAFCON) opened at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Delegates met in a morning Plenary session to hear opening statements. In the afternoon, delegates convened in thematic sessions to discuss: water, sanitation and human settlements; water for food security; protecting ecosystems and livelihoods; water and climate; financing water infrastructure; integrated water resources management; water allocation; water wisdom; and water governance.

Delegates to the Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water meet in the opening Plenary session.



Dawit Johannes, Speaker of the Ethiopian House of Parliament (left), expressed the belief that reaching the Millennium Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals on water will help eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development in Africa. He then declared the conference officially open. Kewai Amoako, ECA Executive Secretary (second from left), stressed the need to move from planning to implementing water-related goals and called for new partnerships. Alhaji Muktari Shagari, Nigerian Water Resources Minister and Chair of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) (center), stressed the need to review integrated water resource management strategies addressing the continent’s water and sanitation problems, and to effectively implement the goals set by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Water Agenda, the Millennium Development Goals and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Shiferaw Jarso, Ethiopian Water Resources Minister (second from right), noted that WSSD goals can only be achieved with the support of multilateral, bilateral and government agencies.

Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General, noted the lack of infrastructure and capacity to assess water needs and resources in Africa, and WMO’s efforts regarding surveillance and planning, and encouraging regional cooperation.

Per Engebak, UNICEF, called for renewed commitment to water resources and sanitation.



Halifa Omar Drammen, PANAFCON Steering Committee Chair, welcomed delegates to the Conference and introduced the speakers.


Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Egyptian Water Resources Minister, underlined the low proportion of irrigated lands and the lack of joint river management in Africa, and suggested that action should be taken in a number of areas, including: experience exchange, financial and technical support, joint river basin management and capacity building.

Werner Burkhart, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director- General (right), noted the agency�s contribution to water resouce management through technical projects, and stressed the importance of institutional capacity and local ownership of IAEA activities.

Wiseman Nkuhlu, New Partnership for Africa�s Development (NEPAD) Steering Committee Chair, called for the creation of a common African agenda and increased contributions to the African Water Facility (AWF).

French delegation attending the conference.


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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