The series of past World Water Fora have created awareness of Africa’s water challenges; secured an increasing political commitment: galvanized regional collaboration and enhanced global partnerships.
Preparation is vital to achieving a successful Forum and, most importantly, the outcomes that will influence action on water for the years to come. AMCOW, the World Water Council and the 5th World Water Forum Secretariat have invited the African Development Bank (AfDB) to act as the Regional Coordinator for Africa and to organize and lead the region’s participation at the Forum. The Bank has accepted this request and has initiated the preparatory process for an effective participation of Africa in the event.
The aim of the African preparatory process is to mobilize actors to act as catalysts for specific African contributions to the Forum; to contribute to the thematic process by providing their region’s perspectives on the issues and on the priority actions required; and to contribute to the political process through political mobilisation.
The African Regional Preparatory Process kicked-off in Tunis, Tunisia at the 1st African Water Week, held from March 26-28, 2008. A Ministerial meeting, held in June 2008, and a Coordinators’ meeting in July 2008 have then been included in the African Regional Process. The First Regional Steering and Coordination Meeting (Planned with the 6th UN Water Africa meeting) was celebrated in October in Addis Ababa.
One of two more preparatory meetings were held in Tunis in December 2008 and the next one is scheduled in January 2009.
An outline of the African Regional Position Paper both in English and French can be seen. The consultation process for the final document is still going on.
The last regional consultation workshop took place in Lusaka, Zambia. The second regional consultation workshop will take place in Accra, Ghana from the 12th to the 14th of January 2009.
Contact the Africa Region leaders: Mr Rakatobe, AfDB / Mr Woudeneh, AfDB.