Reporting on Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa
AMCOW RESOURCE PORTAL
Key Water Reports
UNECA/UN-Water Africa: Africa Water Development Report
UNECA/UN-Water Africa: African Water Vision 2025 
UNDP: Human Development Report 2006: ‘Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty And The Global Water Crisis’ 
UNEP: Harvesting Rainfall A Key Climate Adaptation Opportunity For Africa
UNEP: Atlas Of Africa’s Lakes
AMCOW: Second Amcow Newsletter
2nd United Nations World Water Development Report: 'Water, A Shared Responsibility 
UNEP: Africa Environment Outlook 2 
World Bank: Africa Country Status Overview Reports 
Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture

IISD Reporting Services Water Coverage
African Ministers’ Council on Water
Ministers responsible for water in 41 African countries met in Abuja, Nigeria (29-30 April 2002) and decided to form the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to promote cooperation, security, socio-economic development and poverty eradication through the management of water resources and provision of water supply services. AMCOW’s mission is to provide political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems. More.

African Union
The African Union (AU) is the principal organization for the promotion of socioeconomic integration across the continent. Its objectives include: achieving greater unity and solidarity between African countries and the peoples of Africa; promoting and defending common African positions on issues; encouraging international cooperation; establishing enabling conditions for the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations; promoting sustainable development and integration of African economies; and advancing the continent’s development through research in all fields, particularly science and technology. More.

New Partnership for Africa’s Development
African Heads of State and Government adopted NEPAD at the thirty-seventh Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Lusaka, Zambia from 9-11 July 2001.In adopting NEPAD, African Heads of State and Government realized that Africa can only take its proper place in the international community if it gains economic strength, hence the objective of NEPAD is to stimulate Africa’s development by bridging existing gaps in priority sectors, which include agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, information and communication technology, environment, tourism, S&T, the African Peer Review Mechanism, and engagement of the private sector and civil society. NEPAD was designed to meet the AU’s development objectives and serves as a programme of the AU. More.

UN System
The Millennium Declaration places particular emphasis on the special needs of Africa and calls for focused support to “Africans in their struggle for lasting peace, poverty eradication and sustainable development.” NEPAD has become the guiding framework for coordinated efforts by UN organizations to help address the special needs of Africa. The UN system has adopted a three-tiered approach to coordinating its support for NEPAD. At the regional level, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) acts as the UN system’s key interlocutor with African countries on NEPAD. ECA’s yearly consultative meetings serve as the principal coordinating mechanism for the activities of UN organizations in Africa. Under a cluster arrangement designed to facilitate inter-agency coordination, UN organizations carry out support activities, working closely with the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the NEPAD secretariat. And at the country level, UN organizations coordinate their work through the Resident Coordinator System and through existing mechanisms, such as PRSPs and CCAs/UNDAFs. More.
 
Africa’s Water Partnerships
Regional Cooperation and Trans-boundary Water Basin Organizations
Partnership between AMCOW and African Energy Ministers (Hydropower)
African Ministerial Initiative on WASH
The African Water Facility (AWF)
Rural Water supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Trust Fund
The European Union Water Initiative (EUWI)
G8 Africa Action Plan and Transboundary Water Management
The TIGER Initiative
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA)
Water and Sanitation Programme for Africa Region (WSP-AF)
UN-HABITAT, Water for African Cities (WAC) Programme

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