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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 Thursday, 11 December 2003

Delegates met in a morning Plenary session for the opening of the Conference’s Ministerial segment, which was attended by some 40 African ministers. In an afternoon Plenary session, several major implementation initiatives were launched, including the African Water Facility (AWF), the EU Water Initiative for Africa, the G-8 Action Plan for Africa, UN-HABITAT Water for African Cities, and the African Water Journal.

Sylvia Masebo, Zambian Ministry of Local Government and Housing, chaired the afternoon session on Implementation Initiatives.

     

Delegates meeting in Plenary to hear opening statements of high level officials.


 

Josue Dione, ECA, acknowledged the high conference participation, which he said reflected a clear political support and commitment of all stakeholders for action on water issues in Africa.

Shiteraw Jarso, Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources, underscored that many African countries will be unable to fulfill their global commitments on water without further donor support and called on ministers to take immediate action at the national, sub-regional and regional levels.
 

Patrick Mazimhaka, African Union Commission Deputy Chair, noted current regional initiatives, urged for greater political commitment needed for achieving the targets, and stressed the role of NEPAD and the African Water Vision. He added that the Conference’s focus on implementation and partnership arrangments is important for future initiatives and programmes.

 

 

Reiterating UNEP’s commitment to Africa, Shafqat Kakakhel, on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, identified key issues for meeting water-related MDGs and WSSD targets, including: combating water-related diseases; addressing water pollution and natural disasters; improving irrigation and hydropower generation; and ensuring equitable water sharing.

Koos Richelle, EC Development Director-General, highlighted the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership’s goals, including: raising political commitment to address water issues; creating a platform for reinforced coordination; contributing to achieving the MDGs; and supporting the management of transboundary river basins.
 

 

 

John E. Aggrey, Ambassador of Ghana.
 

Delegates from Democratic Republic of Congo attending the Conference’s Ministerial segment.

 

 

Koos Richelle (center) accompanied by two colleagues.

 

 

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AUC
Patrick Mazimhaka, African Union Commission Deputy Chair.
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UNEP
Shafqat Kakakhel, on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer.
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EC
Koos Richelle, EC Development Director-General.
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ADB
Philibert Afrika, African Development Bank (ADB).
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WB
David Grey, World Bank.
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Ethiopia
Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister.
2.6 Mb
 
 
 
 
Zambia
Sylvia Masebo, Zambian Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
2.6 Mb

 

 

Sylvia Masebo (right) launched the second phase of the Water for African Cities programme and Ronnie Kasrils (left), South African Minister for Water Affairs and Forestry, endorsed the second phase of the Water for African Cities programme.

 

Miscellaneous photos:
 

 

SE Jean Marie Ehousou (left), Sterring Committee, accompanied by two participants.
 

Delegation of Ghana and Mohamed M. Tawfik, Chief, Hydrology Division, World Meteorological Organization.

Delegates from Angola and Algeria.

Delegates from Chad.

Local Ethiopian musicians entertaining the delegates.

   

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://www.iisd.ca/linkages/2002/wssd.
ENB coverage of previous CSD sessions: http://www.iisd.ca/process/sustdevt.htm.
Linkage's Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002: http://www.iisd.ca/wssd/portal.html.

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