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

Sectors : Climate change - general, Water and Sanitation, Investment
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
2008
Level: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Infrastructure - Water and Sanitation

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

...WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO:
(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;”

Scope: 
Africa

“...WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO:...
...(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;”

Scope: 
Africa

“...WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO:...
...(i) Significantly increase domestic financial resources allocated for implementing national and regional water and sanitation development activities and Call upon Ministers of water and finance to develop appropriate investment plans;”

Scope: 
Africa

“...WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO:...
...(j) Develop local financial instruments and markets for investments in the water and sanitation sectors;”

Scope: 
Africa

“...WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO:..
(k) Mobilize increased donor and other financing for the water and sanitation initiatives including national projects and Rural Water and Sanitation Initiatives, the African Water Facility; Water for African Cities programme and the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility, as committed in the G8 Initiatives on water and sanitation;

(l) Promote effective engagement of African civil society and public participation in water and sanitation activities and programmes;

(m) Promote programming that addresses the role and interests of youth and women, given that the burden of poor water and sanitation falls disproportionately on women and children;

(n) Strengthen AMCOW as a key regional mechanism, and other regional stakeholders, as relevant, for promoting cooperation on water and sanitation;

(o) Strengthen AMCOW’s initiative on sustainable management of water resources, to implement its roadmap for the African Groundwater Commission;

(p) Strengthen partnership at all levels in our countries and between Regional Economic Communities as well as with the international development agencies and promote public-private partnerships with the view to fast tracking actions towards meeting the MDG on water and sanitation in our continent...”

Scope: 
Africa