Sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water
28-31 May 2007 | Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
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Monday, 28 May 2007 - Tuesday, 29 May 2007 - Wednesday, 30 May 2007 - Thursday, 31 May 2007

Highlights for Thursday, 31 May 2007

AMCOW-6 continued with Partnership Roundtables and Ministerial Roundtables in the morning and consideration and approval of the Brazzaville Declaration on the Outcomes and Decisons. Two side events were held, one on groundwater and another on the Congo River Basin.

Morning Session
Odette Kayitesi, Burundian Minister for Territorial Management, Tourism and Environment, called for a solution to Lake Chad's worsening condition.
Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, AMCOW President, invited Ministers to consider and approve the "Brazzaville Declaration on the Outcomes and Decisions."
Abakar Ramadane, Chad Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Rural Water Supply, drew attention to the shrinking of Lake Chad due to climate change.
L-R: Odette Kayitesi, Burundian Minister for Territorial Management, Tourism and Environment; Abakar Ramadane, Chad Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Rural Water Supply; and Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, AMCOW President
The Ministerial Roundtable focused on: water infrastructure development; water supply and sanitation; and climate change, impacts and adaptation. L-R: John Mutua Katuku, Kenyan Minister of Water and Irrigation; Maria Mutagamba, outgoing AMCOW President; Omar M. Salem, Chairman of Libyan General Water Authority; and Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, AMCOW President.
John Mutua Katuku, Kenyan Minister of Water and Irrigation, underscored the importance of joint efforts and adequate financial resources to address climate change.
Axel Klaphake, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Denis Landenbergue, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International, highlighted how poor water management can lead to diminishing access to water resources.
Delegates congratulate Maria Mutagamba, outgoing AMCOW President
L-R: Halifa Drammeh, UNEP; Paul Smit, Namibian Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry; and Asfaw Dingano, Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources
Shukuru Kawambwa, Tanzanian Minister of Water, emphasized the importance of awareness raising, capacity building and knowledge in implementing water resource assessment.
Kenyan delegates. L-R: John Mutua Katuku, Kenyan Minister of Water and Irrigation and Fred Mwango, Senior Deputy Director - Water, Ministry of Water and Irrigation.
Side Event: Towards Realizing the African Water Vison: The Groundwater Connection
L-R: Eberhand Braune and Yongxin Xu, both from University of the Western Cape, South Africa, gave a presentation on "Groundwater Management in Africa."
L-R: Daniel Nkuwa, Zambia; Tamiru Alemayehu, Groundwater Group, UNEP; and Patrick M'Mayi, UNEP
Press conference
L-R: Emilio Gabbrielli, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership (GWP); Daniel Adom, UN Habitat; Odette Kayitesi, Burundian Minister for Territorial Management, Tourism and Environment; Abakar Ramadane, Chad Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Rural Water Supply; Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, AMCOW President; Kordje Bedoumra, Director, African Development Bank; and Halifa Drammeh, UNEP
L-R: Emilio Gabbrielli, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership (GWP); Daniel Adom, UN Habitat; Odette Kayitesi, Burundian Minister for Territorial Management, Tourism and Environment; Abakar Ramadane, Chad Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Rural Water Supply
Brazzaville Declaration on the Outcomes and Decisions: Looking Ahead
L-R: Earth Negotiations Bullettin team. L-R: Leila Mead, United States of America; Asheline Appleton, Kenya; and Hugh Wilkins, Canada
Closing ceremony
Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Ghanaian Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, read the Brazzaville Declaration on the Outcomes and Decisions.
Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, AMCOW President, emphasised that financial support was key to the sustainability of AMCOW, conveyed his appreciation for the support he had received, especially from outgoing President Mutagamba.
AMCOW new executive committee
Your International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD RS) team at AMCOW-6. Front Row, L-R: Tallash Kantai, Kenya; Hugh Wilkins, Canada; Asheline Appleton, Kenya. Back Row, L-R: Joe Nyangon, Kenya; Harry Jonas, United Kingdom and Leila Mead, United States of America.
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