Sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water
28-31 May 2007 | Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
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Highlights for Wednesday, 30 May 2007

AMCOW-6 commenced on Wednesday, 30 May. During the opening session, participants heard statements from ministers, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations and Isidore Mvouba, Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo. In the afternoon, outgoing AMCOW President Mutagamba presented the President's policy statement and ministers discussed the composition of the new AMCOW bureau.

Opening Session
Delegates at the opening session
Maria Mutagamba, outgoing AMCOW President (right), chats with Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, the incoming AMCOW President.
L-R: Isidore Mvouba, Republic of Congo Prime Minister, welcomes delegates at the opening session.
L-R: Kordje Bedoumra, Director, African Development Bank; Maria Mutagamba, AMCOW President; Isidore Mvouba, Republic of Congo Prime Minister; Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, the incoming AMCOW President; and Babagana Ahmadu, African Union Commission
Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, incoming AMCOW President, said progress on improving water and sanitation on the continent has been insufficient.
Maria Mutagamba, outgoing AMCOW President, summarized past achievements and future challenges of AMCOW.
Isidore Mvouba, Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, stressed the importance of tackling the water supply and sanitation challenges facing Africa.
Kordje Bedoumra, Director, African Development Bank, urged African countries to take advantage of their water resources.
Halifa Drammeh, UNEP, stated that Africa is a region of contrasts in terms of water availability, with the Congo River Basin alone receiving 50 per cent of the water resources available for the entire continent.
Babagana Ahmadu, African Union Commission, urged integrating climate change adaptation measures into AMCOW programmes and activities at all levels.
Opening session
Agnes Nansubuga and Paul Lesly Sambala, youth representatives, with Maria Mutagamba and Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua
Aly Kerdany, Global Water Partnership (GWP), underscored the “visionary theme” of the meeting and explained that multistakeholder partnerships are integral to achieving progress.
Amb. Karl Wokalek, German Ambassor to Republic of Congo, emphasized the importance his country attaches to water issues and underscored its commitment during its G8 presidency to build on previous G8 efforts in this area
Edward Kairu, ANEW, presented a statement on behalf of civil society and the media
Afternoon session
Delegates awaiting the commencement of the session
Maria Mutagamba, outgoing AMCOW President, presented the President's Handover Report to incoming AMCOW President Itoua.
Delegates at the end of the session
Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, was formally nominated by Maria Mutaganda, and supported by Ghana, as the new AMCOW President.
Monyane Moleleki, Minister of Natural Resources, Lesotho, said that TAC members for the Southern Africa subregion would be communicated to the President at a future date, pending consultations.
Maria Mutagamba, joins other delegates after handing over the AMCOW presidency to Bruno Itoua.
John Mutua Katuku, Kenyan Minister of Water and Irrigation
Around the conference
Your International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) team at AMCOW-6. L-R: Joe Nyangon, Kenya; Asheline Appleton, Kenya; Leila Mead, United States of America; Tallash Kantai, Kenya; Harry Jonas, United Kingdom; and Hugh Wilkins, Canada.
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