Assembly of the African Union 11th Ordinary Session Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 30 June-1 July 2008

Sectors : Climate change - general, Water and Sanitation
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Infrastructure - Water and Sanitation

“WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union...

(a) Increase our efforts to implement our past declarations related to water and sanitation.

(b) Raise the profile of sanitation by addressing the gaps in the context of the 2008 eThekwini Ministerial Declaration on sanitation in Africa adopted by AMCOW.

(c) Address issues pertaining to agricultural water use for food security as provided for in the Ministerial Declaration and outcomes of the first African Water Week.

And particularly;
(d) Develop and/or update national water management policies, regulatory frameworks, and programmes, and prepare national strategies and action plans for achieving the MDG targets for water and sanitation over the next seven (7) years;

(e) Create conducive environment to enhance the effective engagement of local authorities and the private sector;

(f) Ensure the equitable and sustainable use, as well as promote integrated management and development, of national and shared water resources in Africa;

(g) Build institutional and human resources capacity at all levels including the decentralized local government level for programme implementation, enhance information and knowledge management as well as strengthen monitoring and evaluation;”


...(h) Put in place adaptation measures to improve the resilience of our countries to the increasing threat of climate change and variability to our water resources and our capacity to meet the water and sanitation targets;”